Reducing poverty in the UK: a collection of evidence reviews

Sent on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

How can we reduce poverty in the UK? What are the underlying causes? What impact do different interventions have?

To help answer these questions, JRF has published the findings of 33 reviews of policy and research, assessing the best ways to reduce poverty across a wide range of policy areas.

The reviews, brought together in one volume, help us build the evidence for our comprehensive strategy to reduce poverty for all age groups and each UK nation, which we plan to publish at the end of 2015.

They are split into five sections:

·        The bigger picture – covering demographic change; devolution; gender; international anti-poverty strategies; religion; sexual orientation; and well-being;

·        Welfare and work – covering benefits take-up; employment and pay; means-testing or universalism; the informal economy; Universal Credit; and welfare to work policies;

·        Money and the cost of living – covering debt and credit; early childhood education and care; fuel; savings, assets and wealth; the cost of living; and transport;

·        Education, family and community – covering adult and tertiary education; advice and support; family structure; personal relationships; primary and secondary education; social networks; and the NHS;

·        Complex needs – covering crime; disability and long-term conditions; economic migrants; homelessness; institutional care; and poverty among asylum seekers and refugees.

For more information about JRF’s anti-poverty strategy for the UK, see or contact Chris Goulden, Head of Team (Poverty):

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