Following on from our blog published earlier this year on the trouble with measuring poverty, we are beginning our review on income-based poverty statistics in the UK. We’ve been working in this space for a while, from regulatory reviews of benefit and deprivation statistics to casework on the use of poverty statistics in the public domain. It has become clear to us that a review of poverty statistics is needed to enhance understanding and decision making in this area.

We will consider the extent to which the statistical system is providing coherent and comprehensive information required to support decision making on poverty. Engaging with users, producers and decision makers is a huge part of the review. Find out how to get involved.

Ed Humpherson, DG Regulation said:

“We are very excited to be starting our review of poverty statistics. This work really is crucial so that we can make recommendations to improve the statistics, to inform policy, which will ultimately make a difference to people’s lives. This is something we always keep in mind in our work and in the recommendations that we make. We are really keen to hear from a range of stakeholders on this work, so if you’re interested in taking part, please contact us.”