House of Commons briefing paper: Poverty in the UK – Statistics

‘The proportion of children in relative low income is expected to increase to 37% in 2021/22 – the highest level for as long as we have consistent data.’

This is according to an April 2018 House of Commons briefing paper on poverty in the UK.

A House of Commons briefing paper on poverty in the UK gives statistics on poverty trends for the whole population, children, pensioners and working-age adults.

Some statistics from the paper include:

  • Around 1 in 6 people in the UK are in relative low income before housing costs, or 1 in 5 after housing costs.
  • 8.9 million people (14%) are in absolute low income before housing costs, or 12.4 million (19%) after housing costs.
  • 20% of children in lone parent families were in persistent low income before housing costs, or 29% after housing costs.
  • People living in families where someone is disabled comprised around 40% of the population in relative low income in 2016/17.

Read more about the report.