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At Risks Groups
Lone Parents
49% of people in lone parent households are poor
Lone parents are more likely to be poor for two reasons
- Women from poorer backgrounds have a higher risk of becoming lone parents in the first
place. So they are already more likely to be at risk of poverty before having children
- Any lone parents is likely to be poor because they have to combine childcare with employment.
This means that they are more likely to work part time, so their incomes on average will be
It is important to remember, however that not all lone mothers are poor ­it is just that they are
more at risk of poverty
30% of children are living in low income families
In 2005/6, there were 3.8 million children living in poverty
This is a decline of almost 750,000 since 1998
Approximately 75% of all children living in households where the parent(s) are unemployed live
in poverty
The Unemployed
Those who are unemployed for a long time face much greater problems than those who are out
of work for a short period
These problems include a lower level of income, the gradual exhaustion of savings, and
deterioration in the condition of clothing, furniture, and general possessions
After three months of unemployment, the average disposable income of a family drops by as
much as 59%
It is not just financial losses that occur as a result of long term unemployment - there are
psychological effects too, such as lack of confidence, stress and depression
These further undermine people's ability to obtain work
The low paid
31% of all poor people are in full time or part time employment, but simply do not earn enough
to live on
People who are low paid tend to be those with fewer skills, and they often live in areas where
there are relatively few jobs, so competition keeps wages low
As we have seen, there is a link between low pay and lone parenthood, in that lone parents
usually have to take part time jobs because of childcare responsibilities
Sick and disabled people

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There are several reasons for the poverty of long term sick and disabled people, and their
- They may be unable to work, or the work they can do may be limited to particular kinds of
low-paid employment
- People with disabilities often have higher outgoings, such as having to pay for a special diet or
having to pay for heating to be on all day
Older People
Over 65% of older people are women
With the gradual rise in life expectancy, the number…read more


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