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[Image: NEFATRON via photopin cc.]

A new Index on the effectiveness of different welfare states by the International Longevity Centre, has warned that ‘endemic squalor’ in Britain means the UK must learn from better performing European countries if it to successfully tackle poverty and social exclusion.

Despite having the 5th largest economy in the world, the UK is ranked just 15th among 23 European countries on the ILC-UK’s Poverty and Social Exclusion Index and 14th on the ILC-UK’s Housing Quality Index, mainly due to high levels of housing cost overburden among the young and the working age population.

Worryingly, the UK has one of the highest rates of housing cost overburden, with 18-24 year olds bearing the largest burden compared to other age groups.

Source: Britain’s ‘mediocre’ welfare system in need of urgent reform

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