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Poverty figures show impact of economic downturn

The ONS figures on Social Exclusion and Poverty continue to reveal a story of increasing financial pressure and readjustment as family finances are put under pressure by the economic downturn, which began in 2007.

  • 30% of people in UK say they can't afford an annual holiday, up from 21% in 2007
  • 37% of people in UK say they couldn't meet an unexpected but necessary financial expense, up from 27% in 2007.