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What is Poverty in the UK?

In this blog, we discuss the reality of poverty in the UK, what does it really mean? What are the stereotypes and how can we define poverty?

By Pixie Parker · March 28, 2023

“Poverty is defined as when your resources are well below your minimum needs” (Joseph Rowntree Foundation). But what does this really mean, on a daily basis, for those in the UK that meet the definition?

Recently, the UK Government have released new statistics on poverty in the UK.  They show that:

  • 4.2 million children are living in poverty, which equals 29% of all children
  • 800,000 children lived in households that needed food from a foodbank in the past 12 months

They also reveal that:

  • 71% of these children were in working families
  • 47% of children in Asian/British Asian families, 53% of children in Black/African/Caribbean/Black British families, and 25% of children in White families live in poverty
  • 42% of children in families with 3 or more children were in poverty

These statistics may seem shocking, but they don’t tell the whole story.

If you want to learn more – what the stereotypes are, facts about poverty in the UK, further statistics and what Buttle UK is doing to support families in poverty – watch our short video below.

Buttle UK is a part of the End Child Poverty coalition, you can learn more about our membership and what the coalition aim to do here.