The annual Households Below Average Income report, for the government’s Department for Work & Pensions has been published. “The number of working-age adults without children in relative poverty is at its highest level since comparable records began in 1961.”

So artists, designers and writers — being generally poor, as always — are in the front line. The recent budget speech, which announced the removal of the 10-percent tax band, now looks set to nudge low-paid creatives further down the poverty ladder.