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Poverty: EU Internal Trade

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department made of the effect that changes in the level of trade between the UK and other EU member states since (a) 1980, (b) 1990, (c) 2000 and (d) 2005 has had on (i) household poverty, (ii) child poverty and (iii) pensioner poverty; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Statistics covering various groups in low income are published in the annual publication “Households Below Average Income” (ISBN: 978-1-78153-046-7). Latest figures cover the period 2010-11 and are available here:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=hbai

Statistics on children can be found in chapter 4 and statistics for pensioners can be found in chapter 6.

No assessment of the impact of the level of trade between the UK and other EU member states on poverty is available.

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