Poverty rates by benefit type

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The likelihood of being in poverty while being in receipt of benefits has increased over time.

In 2019/20 over half of individuals in families in receipt of Universal Credit and its equivalents are in poverty. This is an increase from 35% in 2010/11.

Some of this increase may be a compositional effect - changes to the benefits system have made it more targeted on those with the very lowest incomes. However it is clear these rises coincide with more than a decade of cuts to welfare spending.

These cuts will affect every benefit recipient in different ways, but this chart shows that the benefit system in 2021 offers significantly less support than it did in 2010.

The data presented here is from our 2022 UK Poverty report, setting out the trends and impacts of poverty across the UK. Read the full report at UK Poverty 2022.