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Rich and poor: what’s in a number? New measure for poverty from the Social Metrics Commission

David Halpern, writing on behalf of the Behavioural Insights Team,  reports on a new measurement framework to determine poverty in the UK which factors in unavoidable costs such as housing, childcare and living with a disability.  The framework found approximately 14.2 million people living in poverty – similar to the current official number, but the people captured within this category have changed considerably: for example, the number of people living with a disability has risen whilst the number of pensioners has fallen.

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