Poverty in Wales on The Rise

Monday 02 July, 2018 Written by 
Poverty in Wales on The Rise

24 per cent of all people in Wales were living in relative income poverty between 2014-15 and 2016-17 (i.e. the financial year ending March 2015 and the financial year ending March 2017).

This is up from 23 per cent between 2013-14 and 2015-16, the rate it had stood at for the last 5 time periods.

Children were the age group most likely to be in relative income poverty between 2014-15 and 2016-17 (at 28 per cent) and this has been true for some time. However, the rate has fallen from 30 per cent between 2013-14 and 2015-16. A possible reason for children consistently being the age group most likely to be in relative income poverty is that adults with children are more likely to be out of work or in low paid work due to childcare responsibilities.

Relative income poverty for working-age adults has been steady, but it has risen from 23 per cent between 2013-14 and 2015-16 to 24 per cent between 2014-15 and 2016-17.

The percentage of pensioners living in relative income poverty has been rising for the past 4 periods (reaching 20 per cent between 2014-15 and 2016-17) but it is still below what it was in the mid to late 1990s.

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Image: Poverty is rising in Wales.

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