Latest figures which show as many as one in six homes do not have anyone who works are "of tremendous concern", it has been said.
Urgent action is needed to prevent the situation from getting any worse, noted chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group Kate Green.
"A recession survival package for struggling families is now the most urgent need in our national response to the ongoing economic crisis," she commented.
She believes that without action being taken, "loan sharks will be circling and families are in danger of spiralling into debt", emphasising the need for a package of measures in the chancellor’s autumn pre-budget report.
The employment rate for people of working age was 72.7 per cent in the three months to June, the Office for National Statistics reveals, down 0.9 percentage points on the previous three months.
Furthermore, the unemployment level was 2.43 million, up 220,000 on the previous three-month period when the total employment level was 28.93 million.
This loss of income can put families at risk, the Child Poverty Action Group, as they are unable to afford to buy life’s basic essentials.