People living in poverty are the experts – film-makers and editors need to listen to them when making programmes, say the Poverty Truth Commission
The report of the 2000 Commission on Poverty, Participation and Power, which was set up to explore how people with experiences of poverty could be involved in the policy making that affects their lives.
Where a child lives in the UK, the number of children in their family and their parents work status all effect the likelihood that they will be in poverty.
For years, pensioner poverty decreased across the UK, but now those that are single, have non-white ethnicity or have a landlord, are seeing increases
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The proportion of people who remain in poverty for several years is lower in the UK than in the rest of Europe. Most moves in or out of poverty are associated with a decrease or increase in paid work.
The absolute and relative poverty measures tell similar stories but the material deprivation measure suggests a different trend. Moreover, the difference in deprivation by family types with similar incomes is striking.
The poverty rate has decreased over 22 years, before housing costs, for most family types.
The number of workers in poverty has increased in recent years. Just under half of workers in poverty are full-time employees, about 30 per cent are part-time employees and just under a quarter are self-employed.
People in workless households have a much higher rate of poverty than those with someone in work.
Poverty among pensioners has declined substantially since 1994. Poverty among children also decreased significantly. Poverty rates among working-age adults without children have increased.
Disabled people’s poverty rates slowly decreased until 2009/10 to 2011/12 but this trend has reversed. Poverty is much higher for people in families with disabled members.
Over the last seven years, rates of persistent poverty for most groups have remained fairly constant, apart from for lone parents who have seen a drop.
Despite the steady decrease over time of child poverty, pensioner poverty and poverty rates for disabled people in the four parts of the UK, the recent trend in most parts of the UK is that these poverty rates have started increasing.