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General poverty stats

In 2007/08, 13½ million people in the UK were living in households below this low-income threshold. This is around a fifth (22%) of the population

The UK has a higher proportion of its population in relative low income than most other EU countries: of the 27 EU countries, only 4 have a higher rate than the UK. The proportion of people living in relative low income in the UK is twice that of the Netherlands and one-and-a-half times that of France.


Around a third of all disabled adults aged 25 to retirement are living in low-income households. This is twice the rate of that for non-disabled adults and the gap between the two is markedly higher than a decade ago. The main reason why so many disabled people are in low-income households is their high levels of worklessness. A graduate with a work-limiting disability is more likely to be lacking but wanting work than an unqualified person with no disability.

Older people

Until the last few years, the proportion of pensioners living in low-income households had been falling sharply, from 29% of all pensioners in 1997/98 to 17% in 2005/06. There was, however, no further reduction in 2006/07 or 2007/08. Pensioners now account for just one sixth of all the people in low-income households.

The proportion of people aged 75 and over who receive home care to help them live at home has almost halved over the last decade. County councils and unitary authorities support far fewer households than either urban or Welsh authorities.

A third of all pensioner households entitled to Pension Credit are not claiming it.


Adults in the poorest fifth of the income distribution are much more likely to be at risk of developing a mental illness as those on average incomes.

Two-fifths of adults aged 45-64 on below-average incomes have a limiting long-standing illness or disability, more than twice the rate for those on above-average incomes