Friday Five – The UK Welfare State

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This week’s #fridayfive is on the effectiveness of the UK welfare state.

  • With approximately 15 million people classified by Eurostat as at ‘risk of poverty or social exclusion (AROPE)’, the UK is ranked 15th of 23 European countries on the ILC-UK’s Poverty and Social Exclusion Index.
  • The UK is ranked 14th on the ILC-UK’s Housing Quality Index, mainly due to its relatively high levels of housing cost overburden among the young and the working age population
  • In terms of overall State Effectiveness, the UK is average: 11th out of 23 European countries
  • The UK has one of the highest rates of housing cost overburden, followed only by Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Greece.
  • The UK is ranked 5th for intergenerational fairness, although poverty and social exclusion remains highest amongst 18-24 year olds.


These data are derived from ILC-UK’s technical report ‘Measuring state effectiveness: An ILC-UK index’. This technical report accompanies ‘Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state’.

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