Income and Poverty

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2003

  • Published 9th Dec 2003
  • Authors: Guy Palmer, , Jenny North, , Jane Carr, , Peter Kenway,
  • Category: Income and Poverty

This report is a comprehensive and independent guide, now in its sixth edition, to 50 indicators covering poverty, health, education and work.

Now in its sixth edition, this annual report assesses progress in tackling poverty and social exclusion, presenting the latest data in 50 indicators covering income poverty, health, education, work, housing and crime. In this year’s report, the indicators reflect developments over the last six years, making some judgements possible on the government’s progress in combating poverty and social exclusion. This year’s graphs also emphasise regional variation in the indicators across the nine English regions, Scotland and Wales. 

Overall, the indicators present a positive picture: around half show improvement and only a handful show deterioration. In particular, the number of people living in low-income households is now on a steady downward trend, with income poverty lower than at any time during the 1990s. But earlier progress in education has stalled and there is no sign of reducing inequalities in health. Across the range of indicators, poverty and social exclusion are generally more prevalent in the North East than in other areas of the country. London has particular problems centred on low income and work and Scotland has particular problems centred on health.

About this report
This report was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and written by Guy Palmer, Jenny North, Jane Carr and Peter Kenway. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation