Jansev Jemal, Director of Research and Policy at Pro Bono Economics, said:

“The persistence of high inflation means the national pay squeeze is now into its 19th consecutive month. Another drop in the number of vacancies and a slight uptick in unemployment in June provides more evidence that the labour market is weakening.

“The squeeze on pay is fuelling sustained pressure on charities. In the first six months of this year, Citizens Advice referred just over 155,000 people for support from charities and food banks, almost a fifth (19%) more than over the same period last year. In June alone, there were just short of 24,000 people referred for this support.

“Faced with significant demand and eroding income due to inflation, charities are continuing to step up to support communities most in need. It is crucial policymakers recognise this work and respond to the issues affecting charities.”

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