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Poverty: Wales

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Wales lived in poverty in each year since 1997. (162896)

The information is in the following table.

Number of individuals living in households with less than 60 per cent. of contemporary median household income in Wales

Before housing costs

After housing costs

1994-95 to 1996-97

630,000

770,000

1995-96 to 1997-98

660,000

780,000

1996-97 to 1998-99

650,000

760,000

1997-98 to 1999-2000

650,000

740,000

1998-99 to 2000-01

630,000

720,000

1999-2000 to 2001-02

620,000

720,000

2000-01 to 2002-03

610,000

700,000

2001-02 to 2003-04

620,000

690,000

2002-03 to 2004-05

600,000

650,000

2003-04 to 2005-06

600,000

640,000

Notes:

1. The preferred measure of low income is by using a threshold of 60 per cent. of the contemporary median income. This is an internationally recognised measure.

2. Numbers are presented using a three-year moving average, as single-year estimates do not provide a robust guide to year-on-year changes. Hence, figures are not consistent with any previously published single-year estimates. In cases such as a change in trend, moving averages will show less variation than single-year estimates.

3. Table shows numbers to the nearest 10,000.

4. On both the BHC and AHC bases, the income measures used to derive the estimates shown employ the same methodology as the Department for Work and Pensions publication “Households Below Average Income” series, which uses disposable household income, adjusted for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living.

Source:

Family Resources Survey.