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Poverty and Inequality - Risks higher for black and minority ethnic people in UK

Graham Watson

7th October 2022

The distributional implications of poverty can, in part be defined by ethnicity, with newly published research by the Runnymeade Trust suggesting that minority ethnic groups are over-represented among those people living in deep poverty.

I can't recall seeing a definition of 'deep poverty' before but the article states that "A household is in deep poverty if its income falls more than 50% below the relative poverty line, itself defined as 60% of the median UK income." This sort of poverty is certainly going to lead to social exclusion and reduced opportunities for those who experience it.

According to the report, minority ethnic people make up 15% of population but account for 26% of those in deep poverty.

You can find the full report here

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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