Last year, over 1.5 million people in the UK, including 365,000 children were pushed into destitution.
The report states that people are pushed from severe poverty into absolute destitution by a combination of factors such as debt, benefit and health problems. This means going without the bare essentials and being unable to build a decent and secure life .
The report argues that the UK Government needs to:
- End the freeze on working-age benefits so they at least keep up with the cost of essentials and do not create destitution.
- Change the use of sanctions within Universal Credit so that people are not left destitute by design.
- Review the total amount of debt that can be clawed back from people receiving benefits, so they can keep their heads above water.