Add that to the massive rise of British children living in poverty to almost 5 million (assume the two figures are related to some extent) and it's clear that the current Government has presided over a scandalous decline in the standard of living for the poorer members of our society.
But what is "poverty"?
For those in work it is currently defined as earning less than 60% of the median wage.
As several political parties are trying to get the poverty issue on the agenda for the election, it is probably almost the time when the Government does it's usual trick i.e. change the definition of poverty - say to 50% of the median wage - to minimise the perceived scale of the problem, just as they did with the unemployment figures.
In fact it's likely that there is a correlation i.e. move people off benefits and into a low paid zero hours contract that still leaves them in poverty but looks better for the unemployment figures.
Do you think the Government have left it too late/too close to the election to get away with redefining poverty at this stage or do you think they'll wait until their majority is confirmed and slip it in on a busy news day after the election when nobody is looking?