Poverty in the UK, London and Lambeth
Some people think there is no poverty in the UK
The UK is the world's sixth largest economy, yet 1 in 5 of the UK population live below our official poverty line, meaning that they experience life as a daily struggle. There are 3.6 million children living in poverty in the UK today. That is 27 per cent of children, or more than one in four.
London has the highest rates of child poverty in the UK with 39% (after housing costs) of children and young people living in poverty compared with 31% nationally.
The 2007 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) places Lambeth as the 5th most deprived borough in London and 19th most deprived in England. 59% of Lambeth children live in low-income households.
What poverty does to people
Poverty is not just about a lack of money. Those who grow up in families with low incomes are significantly more likely to experience a range of problems and poor developmental outcomes than children from wealthier families.
The impact of poverty varies across different ages and developmental levels. It can include inadequate nutrition and low birth-weight - an important measure of well-being for infants that is predictive of later behaviour problems and poor school achievement.
Poverty excludes people from full participation in our society. You will find more recent postings on this theme on the News+ page.
About poverty in the United Kingdom
Sources of data and analysis
Child Poverty Action Group - facts and figures
OXFAM - UK poverty pages
Joseph Rowntree Foundation - UK poverty pages
Poverty and Social Exclusion - policy, analysis
Save the Children - UK child poverty data
About a living wage
The Living Wage Foundation
Citizens UK - Living Wage Campaign
Zacchaeus 2000 - 'justice for vulnerable debtors'
Taxpayers Against Poverty
Reports and publications about UK poverty
The lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about poverty (2013, Baptist Union, Methodist Church, Church of Scotland and the URC)