Poverty in the UK
'The housing charity Shelter has estimated that more than 250,000 people in England are homeless or lack a permanent place to live'
- 10.4 million people were in relative low-income BHC (16% of the population), up 300,000 from the year before.
- 9.3 million were in absolute low income BHC (15%), down 100,000 from the year before.
- 14.0 million were in relative low-income AHC (22%), up 500,000 from the year before.
- 12.8 million were in absolute low-income AHC (20%), down 100,000 from the year before.
Mental Health in the UK
'One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide'
'Reports from both England and Wales suggest that only 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem is currently receiving treatment'
The above statistics and much of the information collected around mental health is surveyed from people living in private housing. Unfortunately, these figures do not cover harder to reach demographics such as the homeless, drug and alcohol dependent. These groups often overlap and find themselves falling through the net.