A report in The Guardian says almost seven million working-age adults in the UK are living in extreme financial stress. Full story >>
A breadline is line of people waiting to receive food given by a charitable organization or public agency. Figuratively speaking, someone who is on the breadline is very poor. And if you are living below the breadline, you are even poorer than that. • Save the Children Scotland say the number of children living below the breadline remains "unacceptably high". Above the breadline suggests you are a bit better off, but not much. • Pensioners are being forced to live ‘just above the breadline’, with inflation-busting bills leaving them with little money to enjoy retirement, according to a new report by Age Concern.