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Poverty in Perspective

27 November 2012
  • Social Change

The Poverty in Perspective report from Demos aims to provide a pioneering new model for measuring poverty.

The report is the culmination of an 18-month research project supported by the Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation and NatCen Social Research, Poverty in Perspective analyses data from the Understanding Society survey of 40,000 households to identify five distinct types of child poverty.

Researchers measured 20 economic, social and environmental indicators - which included poor health, overcrowding, neighbourhood support and ability to pay bills - within the low-income population in an effort to understand better the everyday experience of different groups.

The report reveals that economic factors, such as redundancies and squeezed wages, are much more associated with child poverty than social factors alone.