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300,000 living in poverty in Northern Ireland

Nearly 300k people are living in poverty in Northern Ireland.
Nearly 300k people are living in poverty in Northern Ireland.

Nearly 300,000 people are living in relative poverty across Northern Ireland, new government figures have revealed.

The Department for Communities (DfC) poverty bulletin for 2017/18 reveals nearly a fifth of children (19%) or 85,000 are living in relative poverty.

In the UK the relative poverty threshold for a couple with no children is £304 per week from all sources before housing costs.

The figure is higher for a couple with children and lower for a single person.

The absolute poverty threshold for a couple with no children is £288 before housing costs.

Relative poverty in Northern Ireland decreased across the board in the last year though the bulletin said that none of the changes were "statistically significant".

"The overall trend over the past decade has been that poverty estimates are reducing for all sub groups with the exception of the Working age sub group," the bulletin said.

Absolute poverty reached the lowest levels for the last decade in all groups.

In 2017/18 around 292,000 people were living in relative poverty in Northern Ireland, around 16% of the population, with around 249,000 (14%) living in absolute poverty.

This represents a decrease from 18% and 15% respectively in 2016/17.

Last year around 162,000 working-age adults and 45,000 pensioners were also living in relative poverty.

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