Poverty in the United Kingdom

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A beggar in Sloane Square in London

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


  • Everyone in 21st-century Britain should be able to afford the basics they need to avoid poverty. It’s shameful that instead millions of families are on the edge of destitution. In recent years, we’ve made little progress in tackling the causes of poverty: low wages, an inadequate social security system and sky-rocketing housing costs. As the commission shows, the solutions are there to tackle these issues. What we need now is the collective will.

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