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UK government report concludes work is no longer a way out of poverty

The head of Britain's child poverty and social mobility commission says having a job no longer offers a sure route out of poverty, and the government must do more to help low-paid workers.

Lawmaker Alan Milburn says that while past policies focused on helping welfare recipients get work, the missing piece of the government's "policy jigsaw," is how to help people squeezed by stagnant wages and rising costs.

A report released Thursday by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission says that while public spending had in the past been the main engine that drove reductions in child poverty, the advent of austerity programs to deflate the budget deficit "removes that prop."

The report concludes that 4.8 million workers, often women, earn less than the living wage.