At risk of poverty in the UK and Europe

Comparison of UK and EU at-risk-of-poverty rates 2005-2010: ONS

  • In 2010, 17.1 per cent of the UK population were defined as being at risk of poverty, equivalent to 10.7 million people. This is higher than the overall EU at-risk-of-poverty rate of 16.4 per cent.
  • The at-risk-of-poverty rate in the UK decreased by 1.9 percentage points between 2005 and 2010. In comparison, the EU average remained relatively stable over this period.
  • The overall decrease in at-risk-of-poverty rates in the UK between 2005 and 2010 was most pronounced among young people and those aged 65 and over, though rates remain highest for these groups.
  • Among those aged 65 and over, in 2010, the at-risk-of-poverty rate in the UK was considerably higher than the EU average, a difference of 5.5 percentage points.
  • Females in both the UK and the majority of other EU countries were more likely to be defined as being at risk of poverty throughout this period.
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