Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2015: summary: summary

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MacInnes, Tom; Tinson, Adam; Hughes, Ceri
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
23 November 2015
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment
Social welfare
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This annual review by the New Policy Institute brings together indicators covering poverty, work, education and housing. It looks at changes over the last parliament and identifies key challenges.

Key points:

  • In 2013/14, over 13 million people in the UK lived in low-income households. This figure was largely unchanged from the previous year and, as a proportion of the population, a decade earlier, but the mix has changed.
  • Just over half of those in poverty live in working families. As many live in privately rented as in social rented housing. More people aged 16–24 are in poverty than those over 65.
  • In mid-2015, the number of unemployed people was, at 1.8m, the lowest since 2008. As unemployment falls, so does the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants. But claimant numbers are falling faster than the number unemployed; 43 per cent of unemployed people do not claim JSA, compared with 35 per cent in 2014.

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