Income and Poverty

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2015

Commissioned by: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

  • Published 23rd Nov 2015
  • Authors: Tom MacInnes, , Adam Tinson, , Ceri Hughes, , Theo Barry Born, , Hannah Aldridge,
  • Category: Income and Poverty

Our annual statistical review of poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom addresses a broad range of indicators, spanning income, employment, social security, education, health, housing and homelessness. The report looks at changes over the last parliament and identifies key challenges going ahead.

This year's report finds that while the proportion of the population in poverty has not changed significantly over the past decade, the mix has changed. One significant shift has been towards higher in-work than out-of-work poverty, with unemployment falling but low pay rising. More people in poverty live in working families than non-working ones. Another significant shift has been away from poverty in the social rented sector towards the private rented sector, with as many people in poverty now living in private rented as social rented housing. There has also been a significant shift over the last ten years towards poverty among younger adults, with more people aged 16-24 in poverty than those aged 65 or over.

For more detail, please refer to either the findings or the full report.