UK poverty: causes, costs and solutions

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
6 September 2016
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Community Development and Regeneration, Families, Social Policy, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This report explains what poverty is and what causes it, highlights trends and projections in UK poverty, and makes recommendations for tackling:

  • The high costs driving poverty, including housing.
  • Poverty in childhood.
  • Poverty in working age.
  • Poverty in later life.
  • Poverty for people with complex needs.

It gives more detail on the evidence for the JRF strategy, ‘We can solve UK poverty’, which sets out recommendations for how all of us – governments, businesses and employers, service providers, investors, and citizens and communities – can act to solve poverty.

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