Finding employment is not always the route out of poverty. High levels of low pay, with around 5.3 million people earning less than the minimum wage, mean that poverty is today a problem for working families and individuals - not just those who are out of work. Over the last decade, living costs have increased faster than average while wages have stagnated, contributing to the increase in people in work falling below the poverty line.
There are around three million people in the UK who, despite having a job, are still living in poverty. These are the people who are at the greatest risk of being financially and digitally excluded, those who are already struggling to make ends meet. Without digital skills, those in poverty are less able to take advantage of opportunities to save money - often paying more for essential services, and having limited access to education and jobs.
We believe that digital can help level the playing field.
More than 10 million of the UK population (16.8%) experience poverty.
In 2013/14 there were over 13 million people in the UK living in low-income households.
There are around three million people in the UK who despite having a job are still in poverty.
Good Things Foundation’s work examines how digital and social exclusion are related to poverty and how interventions - particularly digital - could help to improve people's employment prospects, levels of educational attainment and financial literacy skills.
Since 2015, Good Things Foundation has increasingly identified poverty as a social challenge that can be tackled through our partnerships, projects and unique network of local centres. Through our network we reach out to people and families, engaging people who are in relative and absolute poverty, offering digital literacy support, job skills, health and wellbeing, money management, and more.
83% of learners that we help are socially excluded