Credit cards

With an estimated 3.3 million people paying more on interest in an 18 month period than they do on repaying what they owe, the Financial Conduct Authority's proposal for new rules for banks on tackling persistent debt need to be taken seriously....

Bring down the bills

Government policies have meant misery for millions in fuel poverty, and Conservatives manifesto commitments promise no relief,  argues Ruth London. A different direction is needed, prioritising renewables, insulation, and public control of energy...

Austerity kills

The human cost of government imposed austerity should be a key issue, argue Vickie Cooper and David Whyte. Drawing on their new book, 'The Violence of Austerity', they set out how austerity is shaping people's lives and deaths.

The PSE website

This website is part of a major ESRC research project, Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK (PSE: UK) and offers a comprehensive research and teaching tool. The PSE UK research project is the largest ever study into poverty in the UK. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the research is based on two major surveys carried out in 2012 and two qualitative research studies.

The research found high levels of deprivation across the UK with severe impacts on people's lives. In the PSE Research section you will find full details. Under dissemination, you can find a quick overview in some of the media coverage, including artciles published by team members, or you can find a guide to the many journal papers published.  Details of the two books published to date and other books coming up can be found under books. In this PSE research section you will also find details of the main Reports publsihed, including the first report, The Impoverishment of the UK, and short accessible summaries under Key findings. Full data from the attitudes to necessities survey is now available to investigate under Explore the data and the top level results for the living standards survey can be found under Questionnaire

The PSE UK research explores poverty by directly examining people's living standards. Definitions of poverty provides an overview of different approaches to poverty. The PSE UK research draws on and develops the consensual method.

As well as providing full details of the PSE UK research project, the website includes video testimonies of living in poverty and details of projects encouraging collaboration between research and community groups as well as a searchable digest of news and views from 2011 to 2014, including specially commissioned articles on poverty and social exclusion in the UK.

Do contact us, if you have suggestions for improvements.


The Townsend archive

The PSE website is pleased to host the Townsend archive.

Over 2,500 original questionnaires and hundreds of other documents from the 1968/69 Poverty in the UK survey - now available.

UN day for the eradication of poverty

To mark the 30th anniversary, in October, 2016, the UN focused on “Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation”. Read the President of Ireland’s, Michael D. Higgins, speech.

What do you think are the necessities of life?

Try the online version of the PSE: UK 2012 attitudes to necessities survey.