Category: Social class, wealth and income inequalities
Surviving the Cost of Living Crisis: Case Studies
Qualitative case studies of how real people are managing the Cost of Living Crisis is a useful way to provide insight into the reality of poverty in the UK in 2022, adding some necessary depth to poverty statistics which can be rather inhuman. A very useful contemporary resource which does just this is a recent…
Resources for Wealth, Poverty, Income Inequality and Social Class
good resources for teaching wealth, poverty, income inequality and social class. Useful further reading for students studying A-level sociology!
Sociological Perspectives on the Cost of Living Crisis in the UK
Inflation in the UK hit 9% in April 2022, mainly due to the rising cost of energy prices and food prices, the main cause of which was supply-line shocks caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, but also because of the longer term disruption to business caused by two years of the Covid-19…
31% of Children in the UK are living in Relative Poverty
The latest research from the Nuffield Foundation has found that 31% of children in the United Kingdom are living in relative poverty in 2021. The percentage rises to 36% for children under five years old. The rates of child poverty have been increasing on average for the last five years. Child Poverty and Ethnicity There…
Only 18% of Senior Civil Servants are from ‘Working Class’ Backgrounds
A recent study from the Social Mobility Commission found that only 18% Senior Civil Servants are from lower social class backgrounds, what we might traditionally call ‘working class’ backgrounds’, and this is down from 19% in 1967! The majority of senior civil servants are from privileged, higher social economic backgrounds, many having benefited from an…
Family diversity by Social Class
How does family life vary by social class?
Social class and educational achievement statistics
Pupils from the lowest fifth of households by income are twice as likely to fail both English and Maths GCSE.
The Extent of Material Deprivation in the UK
2019 statistics show a decline in the number of households in material deprivation
Displacing the Poor from London (and its relevance to critical victimology)
Local Councils in London are increasingly resorting to moving poor homeless families out of London, because they can’t afford to meet their housing needs within London. In most cases they’re being moved to Kent and Essex, but in sometimes moves are made much further afield: What the map above shows is the literal relocation of…
How many people are in poverty in the UK?
The easy answer is to say around 22% of the population, roughly 14 million people. The long answer starts with the sentence ‘it depends on how you define and measure poverty’, in which case you get various different statistics on the poverty rate. Statistics on poverty in the UK According to the Social Metrics Foundation,…