Poverty is a very real phenomenon in the UK, with 9.7 million individuals in relative low income poverty, and 10.6 million in absolute low income poverty, in 2012/13.

Although Reading has a buoyant economy, we have a growing gap in wealth between neighbourhoods. Low unemployment levels mask the high costs of living and low wages for many.

The Reading Poverty Needs Analyses provides an overview of key poverty related data for Reading and was first published in 2014 to support the development of the Council’s Tackling Poverty Strategy and action plan. It is structured according to the themes of the strategy:

  • General deprivation
  • Child poverty
  • Unemployment and in-work poverty
  • Meeting basic needs
  • Poverty and health
  • Poverty and ethnicity
  • Poverty and older people
  • Poverty and disability
  • Debt

The analysis has been updated, as far as possible, in 2015 to inform the development of the Council’s Corporate Plan for 2016/17. Find out more about Tackling poverty in Reading

The ‘summary of indicators and direction of travel’ at the start of the document lists the indictors which have been updated and whether they have improved or declined since the previous period (depending on the timescale for the data). However, this document also includes other indicators and datasets, e.g. 2011 Census data, which haven’t been revised since the 2014 version.