Persistent poverty by family type

The risk of persistent poverty varies greatly between groups, with lone parents at particularly high risk. One in four lone parents live in persistent poverty.

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Being in persistent poverty is defined by The Office for National Statistics as when someone is currently in poverty and has been in poverty for at least two of the three preceding years.

Some groups are more likely to be in persistent poverty than others. In particular lone parents are much more likely to experience persistent poverty than other groups. Single pensioners are more likely to be in persistent poverty than pensioners in couples.