People Living in Poverty
Work and Pensions

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Stewart Jackson (Peterborough, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) adults and (b) children were living in poverty in (i) England, (ii) Peterborough constituency and (iii) the Peterborough city council in each year since 1997.

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Jim Murphy (Minister of State (Employment and Welfare Reform), Department for Work and Pensions; East Renfrewshire, Labour)

Specific information regarding low income for Great Britain is detailed in "Households Below Average Income (HBAI) 1994-95 to 2004-05", which is available in the Library. The main source for HBAI is the Family Resources Survey (FRS).

The standard measurement of low income is a household with income below 60 per cent. of the GB median.

The data source does not allow us to provide robust estimates below a regional level. Therefore estimates for numbers of adults or children living in low income in the Peterborough constituency or the Peterborough city council area in each year since 1997 are not available.

Percentage of adults living in households with less than 60 per cent. of contemporary median household income, years 1995-96 to 2004-05; England
Before housing costs After housing costs
1995-96 to 1997-98 16 22
1996-97 to 1998-99 16 22
1997-98 to 1999-00 16 21
1998-99 to 2000-01 16 21
1999-2000 to 2001-02 16 20
2000-01 to 2002-03 16 20
2001-02 to 2003-04 16 19
2002-03 to 2004-05 15 19
Note:

Figures are provided using a three-year moving averages, as single-year estimates do not provide a robust guide to year on year changes. Hence, figures are not consistent with previously published single-year estimates and there may be differences in changes over time.

Source:

FRS

Percentage of children living in households with less than 60 per cent. of contemporary median household income, years 1995-96 to 2004-05; England
Before housing costs After housing costs
1995-96 to 1997-98 23 32
1996-97 to 1998-99 24 33
1997-98 to 1999-00 24 32
1998-99 to 2000-01 22 32
1999-2000 to 2001-02 21 31
2000-01 to 2002-03 20 29
2001-02 to 2003-04 20 29
2002-03 to 2004-05 20 28
Note:

Figures are provided using a three-year moving averages, as single-year estimates do not provide a robust guide to year on year changes. Hence, figures are not consistent with previously published single-year estimates and there may be differences in changes over time.

Source:

FRS

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