Tackling structural inequality in the UK should sit at the heart of boosting living standards

Document type
Discussion paper
Rahman, Fahmida
Resolution Foundation
Date of publication
8 October 2019
Social Policy, Older Adults, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This discussion paper shows that women, disabled people and people of colour face a higher likelihood of poverty than their male, non-disabled or white counterparts. The poverty rate is 1.5 percentage points higher for women than men, 7.3 percentage points higher for disabled adults than for non-disabled adults, and a staggering 16 percentage points higher for BAME adults than for white adults. The large differentials recorded across these different social characteristics widen still further when applying an intersectional lens. In particular, 41 per cent of men who are both BAME and disabled were in poverty in the period from 2015-17; 27 percentage points higher than their white, non-disabled counterparts.

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