The Poverty Site

The UK site for statistics on poverty and social exclusion.

Due to the retirement of its webmaster, this website is no longer being updated. The last updates were in late 2011. Apologies for any inconvenience.

This site monitors what is happening to poverty and social exclusion in the UK. The material is organised around 100 statistical indicators covering all aspects of the subject, from income and work to health and education.

The indicators and graphs can be viewed by age group or by subject using the menu on the left.

The material covers all parts of the United Kingdom, with specific sections for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

All data is from official sources and is the latest available. All graphs and text are updated whenever new data becomes available.


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The thirteenth annual UK report was published in December 2010. Reports are also available for Scotland,Wales,Northern Ireland,rural England, ethnicity, disability and , devolution.


Each month, all the analyses for which there is new data are updated The latest published report is on the impact of devolution..

SUBJECT OF THE WEEK: fuel poverty

The 2009 English Housing Survey data has just been released. It shows that the prevalence of very energy inefficient housing continues to decline, and that it is now less than half that of the mid-1990s.  But it also shows that the prevalence of ‘fuel poverty’ continues to increase, and that it now three times as common as in 2004.  As might be expected, the vast majority of people who have both low incomes and live in very energy inefficient housing are in fuel poverty.  Less obviously, two of the low-income groups with high rates of fuel poverty are single-person households of working age and those who live in rural areas.  This is notable because these two groups have not been the focus of the last government’s more general anti-poverty strategy.  Read more …


All statistics which are Crown Copyright are reproduced with permission from the controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. Much of the data presented on this website was made available through the UK Data Archive. Neither the original collectors of the data nor the Archive bear any responsibility for the analyses presented. The same applies for all other data used in this website including that from a variety of government departments.