Counting the Cost of UK Poverty: Joseph Rowntree Foundation report

This new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report estimates the tangible cost that poverty brings to society, specifically in the form of the cost to the public purse.

It shows that

  • the public service costs of poverty amount to around £69 billion, with identifiable knock-on effects of child poverty costing a further £6 billion and knock-on effects of adult poverty costing at least £2.7 billion
  • this gives a total cost of poverty in the UK of around £78 billion
  • a large proportion of what we spend publicly (about £1 in every £5 spent on public services) is making up for the way that poverty damages people’s lives.

You can access the full report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website.