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More than one fifth of the population lives in poverty. Is it any surprise so many feel politically homeless?

We risk creating a ‘forgotten fifth’ in modern Britain—overlooked by politics and policy, while seeing their living standards rapidly deteriorate

By Claire Ainsley  

General view of the Wornington Green Estate in North Kensington, London. The estate is in the Golborne Ward, which ranks as the most deprived ward in the capital. Photo: PA

This week the Government’s Social Mobility Commission chair Alan Milburn resigned, frustrated by the lack of progress on making Britain a fairer country. Far from making progress, we know things are getting worse for hundreds of thousands of families across Britain.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s state of the nation report, UK Poverty 2017, finds that almost 400,000 more…

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