‘Lives will be lost’ if benefits and wages do not rise in line with inflation

Governments around the world must increase welfare payments and wages in line with inflation – or “lives will be lost,” the UN poverty expert will warn.

According to Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, the most vulnerable “pay” the price of world affairs.

Mr De Schutter will deliver the warning at a Council of Europe event in Strasbourg, France on Monday.

He will say: “It is no exaggeration to say that lives are lost when governments do not increase benefits and wages in line with inflation.

Insulating people’s homes to keep them warm and safe is not rocket science and the failure to act in this area is simply due to a lack of political willOlivier DeSchutter

“Whether in Europe, where inflation has hit a record 10%, or in sub-Saharan Africa, where food prices have risen nearly 24%, household budgets around the world are being stretched beyond breaking point, meaning that even more people in poverty will starve or freeze to death this winter unless immediate action is taken to increase their incomes.”

Mr De Schutter will also say that the crises of the coronavirus pandemic and rising inflation are expected to push another 75 to 95 million people into poverty this year.

And he will urge governments to quickly insulate homes in the northern hemisphere before winter, saying: “Insulating people’s homes to keep them warm and safe is not rocket science, and the failure to do so in this Acting in this area is simply due to a lack of political will.

“Not only will this lower energy bills for low-income households, it will also significantly reduce carbon emissions.”

A Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) spokesman said: “The Secretary of State will begin her statutory annual review of benefits and state pensions from the end of October using the latest price and income indices available.

“We are committed to looking after the most vulnerable which is why we have provided at least £1,200 in support to families this winter while saving households an average of £1,000 a year through our Energy Price Guarantee.

“This support comes on top of the annual bill for working-age benefits, which totals over £87 billion.”

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