Social Metrics Commission – An independent Commission formed to develop a new approach to poverty measurement in the UK

  • Social Metrics Commission launches a new measure of UK poverty

    For the first time in a generation, the moment is right to propose new poverty metrics. With the abolition of the Child Poverty Act and its targets, and debates ongoing about the most appropriate way in which to measure, track and monitor poverty, players from all sides of the political spectrum are interested in what options could exist next.

    The Social Metrics Report 2018, published 17th September 2018, marks the culmination of two years of sustained work. It outlines a new approach to poverty measurement for the UK and provides original analysis that demonstrates the fundamental changes to our understanding of poverty it creates. Most importantly, the approach, results and recommendations in this report are supported by every Commissioner. They truly represent a consensus view of how we should measure and understand the incidence of poverty in the UK and the experiences of those who are in poverty.
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      It presents a detailed articulation of how the approach to poverty measurement can be improved in the UK and elsewhere. The Commission’s new measure:
      • Takes account of all material resources, not just incomes. For instance, this means including an assessment of the available assets that families have;
      • Accounts for the inescapable costs that some families face, which make them more likely than others to experience poverty. These include, the extra costs of disability, and costs of childcare and rental and mortgage costs;
      • Broadens the approach of poverty measurement to include an assessment of housing adequacy. For example, by regarding those sleeping rough as being in poverty; and
      • Positions the measure of poverty within a wider measurement framework, which allows us to understand more about the nature of poverty in the UK.

      Propose, entre autres, une modification de l’échelle d’équivalence en #unité_de_consommation qui accroît sensiblement les dépenses de consommation d’un parent isolé (1,09 au lieu de 0,78, p. 55)