Persistent poverty
The extent of time a person lives in poverty matters. Persistent poverty associated with worse health outcomes than shorter exposures to poverty

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30%
of adults living in households in persistent poverty report poor health, compared with 25% of adults living in poverty and 15% of adults not living in poverty.
2x
the number of people of black ethnicity are likely to be in persistent poverty than white people.
12%
of children live in households described as being in persistent poverty.

In line with previous research, poverty is associated with worse health outcomes, and persistent poverty is associated with worse outcomes still. As well as the time extent of persistence, the number of episodes of poverty ‘accumulated’ over the life course are associated with worse health outcomes.

These charts explore the relationship between persistent poverty and health, as well as the trends and inequalities in persistent poverty over past years.

Relationship between persistent poverty and health

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Relationship between persistent poverty and health

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People in persistent poverty are more likely to report less than good health.

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Relationship between living standards and health

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People reporting their health as less than good are more likely to lack a range of essential goods...

Trends and inequalities in persistent poverty

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Trends in persistent poverty

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The incidence of persistent poverty has remained broadly unchanged since 2010–14, but had been...

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Inequalities in persistent poverty

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Persistent poverty rates are much higher for renters, lower work intensity households and for people...

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Trends in material deprivation

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The share of children living in households with severe low income and material deprivation has...

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