One in five people in the UK are living in poverty - and government spending cuts, along with the rising cost of living, are hitting those at the bottom hardest. More and more families are struggling to make ends meet.
Over a third of the population now say that they are just one large heating bill or one broken washing machine away from hardship. Many are finding it difficult to heat their homes or buy essential clothing. Most shockingly, the number of people in the UK that are going hungry is growing.
Two children in every classroom in the UK are arriving at school having eaten no breakfast. Many are going hungry because of a failure of the safety net.
Sir Michael Marmot, a health inequality expert at University College London says, that despite the vast wealth of this country, many people on low incomes simply don't have enough money to feed themselves and this has a huge impact on their health. "In the most deprived part of the Westminster, life expectancy for men is 17 years shorter than in the richest part of the borough. That's how big the health inequalities are in the UK," he says.