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Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2012: Summary

This study looks at measures of low income and deprivation. Low income (or poverty) is defined as people living in households with income below 60% of the median for that year. Poverty trends over recent decades show improvement in some areas and worsening in others. Above all they show that poverty is not inevitable; governments can influence its extent, but wider changes in society matter too.