The nature and scale of poverty across the UK
Four million workers are in poverty – a rise of more than half a million over five years.
Strikingly, in-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment, driven almost entirely by increasing poverty among working parents.
Cuts in recent years to families’ financial support and the impacts of high housing costs and poor quality jobs with little scope for progression
Government policies can reduce poverty by reducing housing costs for renters, strengthening the support offered by our social security system and opening opportunities for better-paid employment.
One in five of our UK population (22%) are in poverty; 14.3 million people
Of these, 8.2 million are working-age adults, 4.1 million are children and 1.9 million are pensioners.
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