Experts have revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic is escalating poverty in Britain.
As per available data, over 14 million people in the UK are classed as living in poverty and this high rate has been due to a decade of austerity triggered by the global financial crisis.
Government figures show that around there are around 4.2 million poor children, which accounts for around 30 per cent of the total children.
The situation is worsening amid the COVID-19 pandemic as more and more Britons are losing jobs as the UK experiences lockdown.
The head of economics at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Dave Innes said that the risk of poverty is particularly high for workers in hospitality and retail sectors.
In these sectors the people are more likely to be on low wages and in insecure work, Dave Innes further said.
According to government sources around one million adults in the UK have applied for Universal Credit in the last 15 days, which is nearly 10 times the level in an average two-week period.
Experts further informed that more families, who were earning decent wages, will find themselves living in poverty if move on to the Universal Credit.