Income and Poverty

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion (MPSE) 2016

Commissioned by: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

  • Published 6th Dec 2016
  • Authors: Adam Tinson, , Carla Ayrton, , Karen Barker, , Theo Barry Born, , Hannah Aldridge, , Peter Kenway,
  • Category: Income and Poverty

This latest annual report from the New Policy Institute brings together the most recent data to present a comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK.

Key points include:

  • The number of private renters in poverty has doubled over the last decade. There are now as many private renters in poverty as social renters. Rent accounts for at least a third of income for more than 70% of private renters in poverty.
  • The number of households accepted as homeless and the number of households in temporary accommodation have both increased for five years in a row. Evictions by landlords are near a ten-year high.
  • The proportion of working-age adults in employment is at a record high. Full-time employees account for 62% of the growth in jobs since 2010. The proportion of young adults who are unemployed is the lowest since 2005.
  • The number of people in poverty in a working family is 55% – a record high. Four-fifths of the adults in these families are themselves working, some 3.8 million workers. Those adults that are not working are predominantly looking after children.
  • 1.4 million children are in long-term workless households, down 280,000 in four years. Excluding lone parent families with a child under five, 55% of these children have a disabled adult in their household.
  • Once account is taken of the higher costs faced by those who are disabled, half of people living in poverty are either themselves disabled or are living with a disabled person in their household.

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

About this report
This report was funded by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and written by Adam Tinson, Hannah Aldridge, Karen Barker, Carla Ayrton, Theo Barry Born and Peter Kenway of the New Policy Institute. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.