Link to source: Households Below Average Income
Poverty varies greatly across the population. Overall, poverty fell by about a fifth between 1994/95 and 2004/05. In the following decade progress stalled and poverty started to rise again. In 1994/95, just under a quarter of the population lived in poverty. This fell to one in five in 2004. By 2015/16 it had risen slightly to 22%. However, trends in poverty differ between groups. While the pensioner poverty rate has fallen substantially over the last 20 years, the poverty rate for working-age adults without children has steadily increased. For working-age adults with children, the poverty rate has been edging up since 2004/05 after gently declining in the previous 10 years and now stands at 26%.