Proportion of people in poverty by housing tenure

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The composition of poverty by tenure has changed substantially over the last 25 years, driven by the broader tenure shift seen over the period.

The number and proportion of people living in the social rented sector has declined and there has been a fall in the numbers of young households able to get onto the housing ladder. In its place, the private rented sector has doubled in size, and with it the proportion of people living in poverty in the private rented sector has also doubled.

By 2019/20 those in poverty were roughly evenly split across the three tenures:36% in owner occupied (owned outright or buying with a mortgage), 34% in social rented and 29% in private rented.

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.