Income and Poverty

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2006

  • Published 4th Dec 2006
  • Authors: Guy Palmer, , Tom MacInnes, , Peter Kenway,
  • Category: Income and Poverty

The ninth in a series providing an independent assessment of progress in eliminating poverty and reducing social exclusion.

The report covers issues from work and education to health and housing.  The analysis is built around a set of 50 indicators organised into six chapters, four focused on particular age groups, one looking at low income and one at community issues. 

The report provides an overall picture of what has happened to poverty and social exclusion since the Labour Government came into office in 1997.  Its conclusions include:

  • Half of all the children still in poverty are living in families doing paid work.  Unless the scale of in-work poverty can be reduced, future substantial reductions in child poverty are very unlikely.
  • The big fall in poverty among pensioners has been a major success of the anti-poverty strategy.  By contrast, the failure to reduce poverty among working-age adults has been a major weakness.
  • Progress in the numbers reaching ‘headline’ standards at age 11 and 16 has been made but this diverts attention from the quarter of 19-year-olds who fail to reach a minimum educational standard.

This report is complemented by a website ( which provides updates to the graphs and further analyses.

About this report
This report was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and written by Guy Palmer, Tom MacInnes, and Peter Kenway. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.