Findings of a new report into poverty and social exclusion make grim reading of the extent of deprivation and financial difficulties faced by people in the UK.
The Poverty and Social Exclusion (PSE) Project published its first report The Impoverishment of the UK, produced in collaboration with The Open University (OU) and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is one of the largest and most authoritative studies of poverty and deprivation ever conducted in the UK.
Some of the findings are:
• Over 30 million people (almost half the population) are suffering some degree of financial insecurity.
• Almost 18 million people cannot afford adequate housing conditions.
• Roughly 14 million cannot afford one or more essential household goods.
• Around 4 million children and adults are not properly fed by today’s standards.
• Around 1.5 million children live in households that cannot afford to heat their home.
Download the first Report here