Modern poverty


This report from UK think tank New Policy Institute looks at why work is no longer the route out of poverty in the UK.

After six disastrous years, the number of children in poverty in the UK when the Covid-19 pandemic struck in early 2020 had returned to where it was in 1999, when the government announced its goal of abolishing child poverty within a generation. But child poverty back at 20th-century levels does not mean that everything else to do with poverty is back there too. This report shows how the conditions associated with poverty now – ‘modern poverty’ – are different from what they were then. While policies to solve poverty must change, they cannot do so until the ‘story’ that is told about what poverty looks like and why it exists changes too.

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