Many of the most negative and concerning indicators relate to housing and homelessness;




This annual review by the New Policy Institute brings together

indicators covering poverty, work, education and housing. It looks at

changes over the last parliament and identifies key challenges.


Key points

  • In 2013/14, over 13 million people in the UK lived in low-income households. This figure was largely unchanged from the previous year and, as a proportion of the population, a decade earlier, but the mix has changed.
  • Just over half of those in poverty live in working families. As many live in privately rented as in social rented housing. More people aged 16–24 are in poverty than those over 65.
  • In mid-2015, the number of unemployed people was, at 1.8m, the lowest since 2008. As unemployment falls, so does the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants. But claimant numbers are falling faster than the number unemployed; 43 per cent of unemployed people do not claim JSA, compared with 35 per cent in 2014.
  • The number of JSA claimants whose benefits were stopped following sanctions dropped last year, in line with the falling claimant count. However, it is still around double the rate of the mid-2000s, from a similar claimant count.
  • Since 2010, the number of households accepted as homeless has risen, as have the numbers in temporary accommodation and those placed in temporary accommodation outside their home area.
  • The private rented sector, where a larger proportion of people in poverty live, is increasingly the source of homelessness. Much of the rise in homelessness in the last five years has been through families reaching the end of their private rented tenancies.
  • Geographical variations in educational attainment among children in poverty are large. Every London borough is now above the England and Wales average; performance in parts of eastern England is poorer.






Many of the most negative and concerning indicators relate to housing and homelessness;


The number of households accepted as homeless rose from 40,000 to 53,000 between 2009/10 and

2014/15. Most of the rise was in the south of England.


The main cause of the rise is the ending of a tenancy in the private rented sector. This rise in homelessness has led to an increase in the number of families placed in temporary accommodation, including greater numbers being accommodated outside their home area, up from 5,500 to 17,000.


Mortgage repossessions have fallen since 2010, from 29,000 to 8,000, but evictions from rented accommodation have risen. In the private rented sector, evictions have trebled in five years from 6,000 to 18,000. The social rented sector has seen a smaller rise, from 16,000 to 19,500.


One trend stands out in the longer-term picture. The number of children in poverty living in the private rented sector has doubled in the last decade, and now stands at 1.3m. In terms of who rents privately, an increasing number of tenants are young families.



The last few years have seen little change in the headline numbers of people in poverty, as cuts in welfare for some have been balanced by increasing employment for others.


Beneath the surface, however, there have been big changes. Poverty has grown among working families, private renters and the under-25s.

The main challenges for the coming years are in the labour and housing markets. The increase in employment needs to translate to an increase in well-paying, secure work


Fixing the housing market is, if anything, more important.


People cannot work their way out of poverty if they do not have a secure, affordable home.


Link to the full report

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  1. Kim says:

    And to think, that, through NTACT ideas originated to support the consumers/Tenants/Leaseholder such as: A place to seek advice and assistance with the Benefit/Housing Applications- now known as One Stop Shop and support and training for those who are unemployed and need support to create their CV and Application Forms now known as Customer Engagement.

    And now look, Citizens Advice, Community Law, The Police all under one roof, oh, and not forgetting a particular named Bank and Credit Union.

    2010 David Kennedy CEO

    ……What kind of innovation?
    There are many examples, but look at how we deal with unemployed people. We have the Department for Work and Pensions, Jobcentre Plus, councils, the Benefits Agency and money advice organisations, all interacting with those people. We don’t need them all. If we could lead that work, it would be better, and it would be cheaper…..

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