On 10th June, the government published its latest Households below average income report, covering the period up to 2006/07. In summary, the 2006/07 poverty numbers are very similar to those for 2005/06 (the odd change of 100,000 here or there could just be a rounding issue). The main change seems to be something of a rise in pensioner poverty. Also, household median income hardly rose at all, so the lack of any reduction in relative poverty is not because the poverty threshold rose. Obviously, all very disappointing.
Note that the publication of the report does not mean that we will be able to update the analyses on this website any time soon. Rather, that requires the government to release the underlying survey data to us and they have indicated to us that they will not be able to do this until August or September. As soon as we receive the survey data from them, we will update all the low income graphs.
Updated UK indicators
- blue collar jobs: first graph (over time).
- Older people take-up of benefits: all graphs.
- Homelessness: fifth graph (in temporary accommodation – over time) and sixth graph (in temporary accommodation – by region).
- Housing Benefit: first graph (take-up).
- In the interests of simplicity, many of the graphs that were previously for the age group 25 to retirement have been changed to be all working age. The relevant indicators are low income by work status, lone parents and work, low pay by industry, low pay and ethnicity, insecure at work, without access to training, without educational qualifications, mental health and obesity. The only indicators that remain focussed on the 25 to retirement age group are those relating to disability. This is because the high prevalence of low pay etc among younger adults combined with the low prevalence of disability in that age group arguably distorts, and certainly changes, the comparison between disabled and non-disabled people.