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Living Wage fails to cover families' basic needs

Low-earning parents working full-time are still unable to earn enough to provide their family with a basic, no-frills lifestyle, research suggests.
A single parent on the National Living Wage is £74 a week short of the minimum income needed, according to the Child Poverty Action Group.
A couple with two children would be £49 a week short of the income needed, the charity said.
But this was better than last year, when couples were £59 a week short.
The National Living Wage is £7.83 an hour for those aged over 25.
A government spokesperson said fewer families were living in absolute poverty: "The employment rate is at a near-record high and the National Living Wage has delivered the highest pay increase for the lowest paid in 20 years, worth £2,000 extra per year for a full-time worker."
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