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Deep poverty and destitution

Destitution in the UK 2023: Event

Why urgent action is needed to tackle the most severe form of hardship.

Zoom webinar

The UK should be a country where everyone has the chance of a healthy, decent and secure life regardless of where they live or who they are. Instead, too many people are experiencing destitution. This means not being able to meet their barest physical needs to stay warm, dry, clean and fed.

This study, the fourth in the Destitution in the UK series, reveals why we urgently need a bold and ambitious programme of action to address destitution and its corrosive impacts.

Join us for this event and hear how destitution has changed in the UK over the last three years and explore which groups are most likely to experience destitution and why.


  • Chair: Tom Clark, Fellow, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Muhammad Ali, Senior Debt Advisor, Community Links
  • Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Director, I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University
  • Katie Schmuecker, Principal Policy Adviser, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Bridget Young, Director, NACCOM

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