Adequate standard of living / 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, there has been an increase in the number of children living in relative poverty in recent years. Changes to the welfare system have disproportionately affected the poorest in society, as well as those with certain protected characteristics. The UK Government has taken positive steps to protect income and jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. But the pandemic is likely to have a significant impact on socio-economic rights and the full impact is yet to be understood.

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

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 15/09/2020