We have signed a letter with over 200 organisations, charities and groups calling on whoever the next prime minister is, whether Keir Starmer or Rishi Sunak, to put tackling hardship at the top of their agenda from day one. 

Hardship continues to rise in the UK, Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest research found: 

  • Seven million low-income households (60%) were forced to go without essentials like food, adequate clothing and basic toiletries in the six months to May 2024. 
  • Five million low-income households (42%) took fewer showers or baths due to cost during the cost-of-living crisis so far. 
  • 7 in 10 (71%) low-income households in the bottom 20% of incomes were going without essentials in May this year, the same as May last year. 

Despite this, there has been a lack of focus from the leaders of the two main political parties on poverty and hardship. The letter calls for this to change from day one of the next Government. 

You can read the full letter here: https://www.jrf.org.uk/news/hundreds-of-charities-push-for-hardship-to-be-top-of-prime-ministers-priorities-from-day-one