Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2004

Guy Palmer, Jane Carr and Peter Kenway

This annual report on indicators of poverty and social exclusion considers changing trends over previous years and assesses what the indicators mean for specific population groups.

The subject of this year's analysis is the contrasting fortunes of specific groups within the population: working-age adults without dependent children; the economically inactive who want paid work but are not officially unemployed; the prospects for people on jobs at the bottom of the labour market; and young adults with poor or no educational qualifications.

Analysis of the indicators:

  • the number of working-age adults on low incomes but without dependent children has risen in recent years; 
  • over the same period the number of children in low-income households has fallen by 700,000; 
  • finding work for people who are economically inactive but want paid work, are in long-term worklessness due to sickness and disability, or are in worklessness among single-adult households remains a major policy challenge; 
  • two-fifths of people who find work no longer have that work six months later - the same proportion as a decade ago; 
  • substantial numbers of young adults continue to have poor or no qualifications.

The full report is available from the NPI's website.

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