Demos

Poverty in Perspective

About the project

This research, carried out by Demos and NatCen, aims to improve our understanding of the different ways that people experience poverty – and the different combinations of factors that are involved.

By looking at the interaction between 20 separate indicators (spanning health, education, housing, social and material resources), our analysis has identified 15 main ‘types’ of poverty that are experienced in Britain today, across three different groups in society – families with children, childless working age adults, and pensioners.

Our objective is to enable policymakers and practitioners to move away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to tackling poverty – often focused solely on income maximisation – by developing the evidence base on which combinations of factors cluster together to create different types of poverty.

This, in turn, can guide service delivery – showing which services can work together most effectively to tackle different types of poverty. Some of these combinations have been tried and tested – others will not have been considered before.

We explored these combinations in a toolkit designed to guide policymaker and practitioner thinking, and also piloted the development of local toolkits in three local authorities.

Read the report.

Project partners

This project was kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which is an independent grant-making foundation, which funds projects and organisations working to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK.

The research was conducted in partnership with NatCen Social Research – leading experts in qualitative and quantitative social research methods.