This annual report by the New Policy Institute gives a comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK, featuring analysis of low income, unemployment, low pay, homelessness and ill health.
It reveals... More > huge variations between areas in unemployment, educational achievement, and life expectancy.
The research shows that:
• more than half of the 13 million people living in poverty in the UK in 2011/12 were in a working family;
• while the labour market has shown signs of revival in the last year, the number of people in low-paid jobs has risen and average incomes have fallen – around five million people are paid below the living wage;
• there is substantial movement in and out of work – 4.8 million different people have claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance in the last two years;
• the proportion of pensioners in poverty is at its lowest for almost 30 years, but the proportion of working-age adults without children in poverty is the highest on record.< Less
Monitoring poverty and social exclusion is a regular, independent assessment
of progress in tackling poverty and other forms of disadvantage across the
The report uses official data... More > from a range of sources to look at trends and
patterns across different indicators. It includes analysis of low income,
unemployment, low pay, homelessness and ill-health.< Less
This is the 2012 update of the Minimum Income
Standard for the United Kingdom, based on new
research into what members of the public think
people need for an acceptable minimum standard
of... More > living.
Budgets for families with children, originally researched in 2008, have for the
first time been researched again from scratch. Budgets for other household
types have been reviewed. Overall, the report shows that in the past four
years both minimum living costs and the earnings needed to afford them have
risen significantly more than headline inflation for families with children. For
households without children, they have remained more stable.
This report shows::
• what incomes different family types require in 2012 to meet the minimum
• how much the cost of a minimum household budget has risen since the last
update in 2011.< Less
This report updates the 2009 report, written as the recession was hitting Northern Ireland especially hard. Northern Ireland had seen a steeper rise in unemployment than any other part of the UK.... More > Since then, there has been long-term improvement in some areas but persistent problems in others.< Less