Poverty in Perspective Matt Barnes Research Director [email protected] Rationale. Renewed impetus to understand poverty from a multidimensional perspective Living on low income is about more than simply having insufficient money
Poverty in Perspective
Demos polling - stakeholder engagement - academic literature
Selecting poverty indicators
Secondary analysis of Understanding Society dataset
Creating poverty types
Qualitative interviews with families
Verifying poverty experiences
Developing a toolkit to guide policy makers and practitioners
Solutions for each poverty type
Testing the analysis at local level
Replication with local data
Twenty indicators applied to households with income below 70% of the median
Poverty types formed by the combinations of indicators that clustered most frequently for low-income households
Likely to be in low paid work or recently made unemployed due to recession. Owner occupiers.
Tend to be very large households, containing multiple adults and young children.
Again consisting of single parent families, they tend to be slightly older mums with older children. Most feel they are ‘getting by’.
Living predominantly in rented properties, are extremely deprived in terms of lifestyle as well as material measures.
Consisting of single parents families and, most usually, young single mothers, they are the most deprived group.
Provides rich source of data about income-poor households with different ‘experiences’ of poverty
Prevents people from viewing people in poverty as a homogenous low-income group
Raises awareness of, and tackles misconceptions about, people in poverty
Helps guide policy makers and practitioners to target particular groups with potentially holistic and multi-agency solutions
Not a new ‘measure’ of poverty…
Later scarring effects
Use: Show consequences of poverty
Characteristics of Poverty
Disadvantages that can
occur alongside poverty
Use: Illustrate lived experience
Lacking access to necessary material resources
Use: Monitor progress
Drivers of Poverty
lead to poverty
Use: Identify key causes/solutions
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