Letter: Poverty and the two-wage family

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Sir: In detailing some of the changes in the workforce in recent years, Diane Coyle writes of the "fact that one in five households does not have anybody in work" and claims that this includes "pensioner households" ("Working towards secure jobs", 29 May).

The one-in-five figure relates, in fact, specifically to non-pensioner households. For the UK the number of non-pensioner households with no working member is around 3.4 million. The number of non-pensioner households is 16.9 million (out of a total of 22.4 million), giving the 20 per cent figure.


Eastbourne, East Sussex