Number below the poverty line continues to rise

In 2012–13, 10.6 million individuals (17%) had a household income below the official absolute poverty line. When incomes are measured after deducting housing costs, however, the number below the poverty line (e.g. below £235 per week for a childless couple) rose by about 600,000 in 2012–13 to 14.6 million (23%). This is about 2.0 million (or two percentage points) higher than in 2007–08, according to analysis of ONS data carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Leave a Reply