UK Poverty 2023: The essential guide to understanding poverty in the UK

We are in the midst of a profound cost of living crisis with huge implications for society. Many of us are having to make difficult choices on what spending we prioritise, but some of us face increasingly bleak choices. None of these should be necessary in a country as wealthy as the UK.

UK Poverty 2023 looks at trends in poverty across many of its important characteristics and impacts. The latest official poverty data used in this report was collected between April 2020 and March 2021 (the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic), but 2021/22 and 2022/23 are very different years. By looking across a range of data sources and insights we can build up a more comprehensive picture of the current state of poverty in the UK, and form a judgement of future prospects.

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