Income and Poverty

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2013

  • Published 8th Dec 2013
  • Authors: Tom MacInnes, , Hannah Aldridge, , , , Peter Kenway, , Adam Tinson,
  • Category: Income and Poverty

This annual report gives a comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK, featuring analysis of low income, unemployment, low pay, homelessness and ill health.

A focus on the geographical distribution of disadvantage reveals that national averages mask huge variations between areas in unemployment, educational achievement, and life expectancy. The research shows that:

  • more than half of the 13 million people living in poverty in the UK in 2011/12 were in a working family;
  • while the labour market has shown signs of revival in the last year, the number of people in low-paid jobs has risen and average incomes have fallen – around five million people are paid below the living wage;
  • there is substantial movement in and out of work – 4.8 million different people have claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance in the last two years;
  • the proportion of pensioners in poverty is at its lowest for almost 30 years, but the proportion of working-age adults without children in poverty is the highest on record.

About this report
This report was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and written by Tom MacInnes, Hannah Aldridge, Sabrina Bushe, Peter Kenway, and Adam Tinson. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.