Income and Poverty

Poverty Among Ethnic Groups: How and Why Does it Differ?

  • Published 30th Apr 2007
  • Authors: Peter Kenway, , Guy Palmer,
  • Category: Income and Poverty

This report presents a discussion of how the rates of income poverty differ between different ethnic groups and analysis of the reasons for some of these differences.

Using the relative income measure which has been used to assess the Government’s progress on child poverty reduction, this report includes:

  • A presentation of the latest income poverty rates for different ethnic groups in Great Britain, mentioning:
    • how these rates have changed over the last decade; and 
    • how they differ by age structure, family type, family work status and geography.
  • An overview of key facts about the size, location, concentration and work rates of the major ethnic groups in Great Britain as per the 2001 Census.
  • Analysis of how far the differences in income poverty rates can be accounted for by differences in the population mix between ethnic groups by age structure, family type and work status.

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