Archive for May 10, 2012

Today in my Poverty In The UK blog post series, I just want to give you some facts about UK poverty…

4 million children – one in three – are currently living in poverty in the UK, one of the highest rates in the industrialised world.

Poverty can have a profound impact on everyone affected, a child, their family, and the rest of society. It often sets in motion a deepening spiral of social exclusion, creating problems in education, employment, mental and physical health and social interaction.

Did you know that all over the world, women are likely to be poorer than the general population, and that the same is true in the UK too! For example, women who work part-time in the UK earn, on average, 40 per cent less than men. Likewise female pensioners are likely to have incomes that are 40 per cent lower than male pensioners.

Around a third of all disabled adults aged 25 to retirement are living in low-income households.  This is twice the rate of that for non-disabled adults.

Half of all people in social housing are in low-income households compared to one in seven  of those in other housing tenures.

The UK has a higher proportion of its population in relative low-income   than most other EU countries.

The number of children who live in households where no-one is working is higher than in any other EU country.