New figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show that between 2010-11 and 2011-12, around 300,000 children were pushed into absolute poverty.
Around 100,000 pensioners were pushed into absolute poverty, as were around 600,000 working age people.
Andrew Gwynne MP, responding to new figures on poverty and living standards, said:
“Families in Tameside and Stockport will be outraged by the awful effects of this Government’s economic policies. It is simply unacceptable that local families are being pushed into poverty in the 21st century.
“Inequality has sharply risen and when families are under so much pressure it is outrageous that they will be almost £900 worse off this year thanks to tax and benefit changes yet millionaires are getting a tax cut.
“The Government’s own figures show in black and white exactly what their policies are doing to people here in Tameside and Stockport.”
Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said:
“The devastating verdict is in – in just one year this Government has pushed a million people into absolute poverty and progress in tackling relative child poverty has completely stalled.
“All of Labour’s good work in tackling poverty is being washed away by a Tory cocktail of incompetence and indifference.
“What these figures show is living standards are collapsing to their lowest level in a decade, and that is forcing an extra 300,000 children to grow up in absolute poverty
“The way to get living standards rising not falling is to act now to create jobs and get our economy moving. The government should not have cut tax credits for people in work while cutting taxes for the richest people in society. And they should be helping the long term unemployed back to work with Labour’s compulsory jobs guarantee.”