The changing picture of poverty in the UK – why we need to act now
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published an insightful set of resources setting out the changing picture of poverty in the UK.
Their analysis covers the meaning of the term poverty; how poverty can be measured; what the causes of poverty are and the consequences. They have introduced a term ‘Minimum Income Standard’ to recognise the level of income sufficient to afford a minimum acceptable standard of living, according to the general public.
Poverty disproportionately affects some groups including young people. We endorse the JRF conclusion that we need a concerted effort by all – employers and businesses, private and social landlords, local and national policy-makers, the media, and all citizens and communities, including people in poverty themselves – if we want the UK to be free from poverty.