Nearly one in four people at risk of poverty in UK

The sharp end of social exclusion. Credit: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Almost one in four people in the UK are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, according to the latest official statistics released today.

The figure of 23% is a percentage below the EU average, the Office for National Statistics said, but higher than France (19%), Germany (20%), the Netherlands and Sweden (both 16%).

The UK's severe material deprivation rate stands at 5.1%, broadly unchanged since 2005, when comparible figures were first produced. The current EU average stands at 8.8%.

The ONS figures on Social Exclusion and Poverty covered the period from 2005 to 2011.