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Poverty, housing and welfare reform: . Current and future JRF research. Kathleen Kelly, Programme Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation . What is poverty?. When resources are not enough to meet your needs … income easiest to measure but not whole story

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poverty housing and welfare reform

Poverty, housing and welfare reform:

Current and future JRF research

Kathleen Kelly,

Programme Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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What is poverty?

  • When resources are not enough to meet your needs … income easiest to measure but not whole story
  • In income terms for (2011/12) 60% median income:
    • £128 pw for a single person with no children
    • £357 pw for couple with two children
  • Around 5th UK population experience poverty in a given year
  • A tenth experience persistent poverty i.e. income below poverty line for 3 out of 4 years
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Poverty, work and welfare reform

  • 6.1 million people in poverty are in working households.
  • 1 in 3 low paid workers are aged 31-50
  • Across UK around 20% of employees (5 million) earn less than the living wage
  • A ‘low pay, no pay cycle’ for many
l inks between housing and poverty
Links between housing and poverty
  • Housing cost induced poverty has been growing for two decades
  • An extra 3.1 million people in the UK are in poverty after their housing costs have been paid.
  • Renters three times more likely to living in poverty
  • Housing efforts to reduce poverty =
    • limiting rent costs
    • maintaining good conditions
a word about the bedroom limit potential reforms
A word about the bedroom limit … potential reforms

Poverty, housing and welfare reform

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For more information: www.jrf.org.uk

@jrf_uk

@theJRHT

@jrfkathleen

JosephRowntreeFoundation

Kathleen.kelly@jrf.org.uk