Adequate standard of living and poverty – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment


There has been a sustained or severe regression in the enjoyment of human rights, or a significant reduction in human rights standards or protections in law or policy

Although rates of relative poverty have remained static for working-age adults, the number of children living in relative poverty and rates of in-work poverty have increased in recent years. Changes to the welfare system have had a significant negative impact on the poorest people and have disproportionately affected those with certain protected characteristics. The UK Government has taken significant temporary measures to protect income and jobs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic is likely to have a significant impact on poverty and socio-economic rights, though the full impact is yet to be understood.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on adequate standard of living and poverty.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021