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UK poverty: Causes, costs and solutions

JRF’s comprehensive report, UK poverty: Causes, costs and solutions, presents the evidence for our strategy to solve UK poverty.

Written by:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date published:

UK poverty is real, costly and harmful. Millions of people, many of them in a working family, are struggling to make ends meet.

This report explains what poverty is and what causes it, highlights trends and projections in UK poverty, and makes recommendations for tackling:

  • the high costs driving poverty, including housing
  • poverty in childhood
  • poverty in working age
  • poverty in later life
  • poverty for people with complex needs.

It gives more detail on the evidence for our strategy, We can solve UK poverty, which sets out recommendations for how all of us – governments, businesses and employers, service providers, investors, and citizens and communities – can act to solve poverty.