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This article focuses on information specific to United Kingdom. Please see our Social inclusion page for a topic overview.

Poverty in the United Kingdom refers to the portion of the population of the United Kingdom that are considered to be in poverty under some measures of poverty.

Data based on incomes published in 2016 by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that, after housing costs have been taken into consideration, the number of people living in the UK in relative poverty to be 13.44m (21% of the population). The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), reported that in 2021, about 1 in 5 ( 20%) of people in the UK lived in poverty. In their report, the JRF said that over the last 25 years, children have had the highest poverty rates. Despite this, poverty in children has still gone down significantly, going from about a third (34%) of all children living in poverty to what it is today (27%).

Full Fact found that the British poverty rate is "almost exactly the same level as the EU average (17%)", much lower than the DWP figures due to differences in calculation methods between countries.

In 2018, Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said that British Government policies and cuts to social support "are entrenching high levels of poverty and inflicting unnecessary misery", "driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity". His report was rejected by the British Government, pointing to rising household incomes, declining income inequality and one million people fewer in absolute poverty since 2010.

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More in Common: a UK network of groups promoting Jo Cox's humanitarian message in their community.
Authors: The Great Get Together, Jul 7, 2020

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StreetLink, enables the public to alert local authorities in England about people sleeping rough in their area. W

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  • Community groups tackling loneliness to benefit from £4m fund. Local Connections Fund will be open to charities and interest groups that reduce social isolation. Book clubs, walking groups and other community projects will be able to apply for a £4 million fund designed to help reduce loneliness in the coming months.

The Local Connections Fund – made up of £2 million from the Government and £2 million from The National Lottery Community Fund – will be used for hundreds of small grants worth between £300 and £2,500.

These investments are designed to help local organizations bring people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Dec 9, 2020[1]

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Map - Living Wage Foundation

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see separate article: Social inclusion UK news

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local information can be found, or shared, via our many UK location pages

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  1., press release

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