Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2002
This report is a comprehensive and independent guide, now in its fifth edition, to 50 indicators covering poverty, health, education and work.
As in previous years, this report – the fifth in an annual series – provides a comprehensive and independent guide to critical areas of policy. The latest available data is presented in the form of 50 indicators covering low income, health, education and work. Flanked by chapters on income and communities, the four central sections set out the evidence as it relates to children, young people, adults and older people. Overall, the indicators present a positive picture: half show improvement over the previous year, compared with a quarter that have deteriorated.
The success stories range from growing numbers of children leaving schools with qualifications to a significant reduction in the number of households without central heating. On the other hand, low pay and other disadvantages at work remain prevalent and the number of households in temporary accommodation continues to rise. In particular, the report measures the Government’s success in tackling child poverty.
By 2000/01, there were 3.9 million children living in low-income homes. This was 200,000 fewer than a year earlier and half a million below the peak figure reached in 1996/97. Yet the numbers remain historically high and other evidence suggests that further progress on tackling child poverty cannot be taken for granted.
About this report
This report was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and written by Guy Palmer, Mohibur Rahman and Peter Kenway. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.