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Addressing poverty is a perennial issue in British politics. Yet it is one that gained further salience in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and more recently with the emergence of the cost of living crisis. How the public thinks about the causes of poverty, their perceptions of the types of people affected and how they would like policymakers to respond are critical considerations in tackling these kinds of crises – as well as inequalities more generally.
In this scoping study for Engage Britain, we assess the current state of knowledge around public attitudes to poverty in the UK. This involves drawing on both the existing literature and polling data, and consulting experts from academic and practitioner communities. Our aim is to address the following research questions, with the view to informing Engage Britain’s future work in this space, specifically in conducting deliberative work in this area: