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Poverty rises for the first time since 1997

Mike Brewer, Alissa Goodman, Alastair Muriel and Luke Sibieta
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Relative poverty has risen across the whole population for the first time since Labour came to power, with child poverty also rising for the first time in six years, according to official statistics released today on the distribution of income in 2005/06.

With the exception of a further fall in pensioner poverty, most measures of income poverty and inequality increased in 2005/06. The rise in poverty will be of particular concern to the Government given the impact of the tight spending squeeze announced in last week's Budget on its ability to pay more generous benefit and tax credit payments.

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Briefing note
This Briefing Note provides an update on trends in living standards, income inequality and poverty.