Graphs and figures

Deprivation scales are becoming increasingly familiar in reseach and in official statistics on poverty. They have been included in a number of UK surveys, including the Family Resources Survey, the Scottish Household Survey and...

Poor Mexican family

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has launched its annual flagship report on "World Employment and Social Outlook 2018" which includes an improved methodology for measuring working poverty.

Poverty as measured by material deprivation through lack of economic resources remains absolutely central to understanding the causation of most aspects of social exclusion and a range of social outcomes, concludes the 2nd of the two-volume PSE-...

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 of the PSE UK 2012 research and related research. Here you will find, under Publications, details of the books and journal papers based on this research project and also a quick overview in some of the media coverage, including artciles published by team members, of the main findings. Under Reports you will be able to find the PSE team's final reports, published on this website, including the first report, The Impoverishment of the UK. Short accessible summaries of the main findings can be found under Key findings. Full data from both the living standards survey and the attitudes to necessities survey are 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.

Why has poverty risen?

Breadline Britain - the rise of mass poverty by Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack provides an overview of the PSE UK research findings.

'Brilliant. Enlightening but disturbing' Amartya Sen

Oneworld, 2015, £9.99.

What do you think are the necessities of life?

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