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FullFact.org has produced this concise introduction to the facts and figures concerning UK poverty.
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New figures published today suggest that the number of children from working households growing up in poverty is set to rise to 3.1million this year – 1 million more than in 2010. The analysis by Landman Economics for the TUC also shows that 600,000 children with working parents have been driven into poverty as a direct result of government policy.
The latest data for London's Poverty Profile (from 2016 and 2017) shows a mixed picture. In some ways, London is better off than it was before the financial crisis. Employment rates are ar peak, at least as far back as 1992, at over 73% of the working-age population. This is 4.5%s higher than a decade earlier. This also translates to a record low in the number of workless households in London. However, while the overall poverty rate has fallen slightly in recent years, it remains higher than the rest of the country; and the proportion living in 'deep poverty' has increased. Follow 'read more'
About 30% of Britain’s children are now classified as poor, of whom two-thirds are from working families
The upward trend in child poverty in the UK has continued for the third year running, with the percentage of children classed as poor at its highest level since the start of the decade, latest official figures show. More
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 -
The End Child Poverty coalition has published new figures providing a new child poverty map of the UK. The data is available by parliamentary constituency, local authority and ward. Lambeth details can be accessed here.
Among the twenty local authorities with the highest levels of child poverty, eleven are in London. Of the ten London Local Authorities with the highest levels of child poverty, eight are in Inner London. In the table below are Lambeth's Wards. After housing costs are factored in the percentage of child poverty reaches an astonishing 46.17% in Coldharbour Ward. Seven Wards have rates of child poverty in excess of 40%: Ferndale, Stockwell, Prince's, Vassall, Larkhall, Tulse Hill and Coldharbour.
A new book from the Child Poverty Action Group, edited by Josephine Tucker
This book explores whether the government's new life chances agenda has real substance. What does a life chances approach mean? What can be done to improve children's life chances and how are they affected by poverty and deprivation? The government has made a commitment to improve children's life chances. In this book, experts from research, policy and practice discuss the implications of the shift to 'life chances' as a frame for social policy, set out measures to improve children's life chances from perspectives including health, housing, families, early years, education and social mobility, and explain why we can't aspire to improving life chances unless we take action to reduce poverty. Click image for more.
A report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and conducted by Heriot-Watt and Loughborough Universities claims that the effects of poverty in the UK cost the average taxpayer £1,200 a year, and the UK £78bn in total. It identifies -
This data (and more on poverty in London) is from our friends at London's Poverty Profile
A report published today from The Equality Trust ('The Aspiration Tax: How our social security system holds back low-paid workers') shows the high marginal tax rate faced by low income, working parents receiving tax credits and how this rate will increase under the new social security system of Universal Credit. Visit their site.
New data has been published by the Trust for London as part of its 'London Poverty Profile' project.
See the data for Lambeth here
A report from NFER has analysed the performance of academy schools in 2014 GCSEs and found no significant link between their academy status and improved pupil progress. See the report here