Poverty in the UK: a guide to the facts and figuresBeing in poverty means different things to different people. The poverty figures you’ll often seen quoted are also usually ‘snapshots’ – they show how many people are in poverty at a given time. Secondly, they’re using a kind of relative poverty measure, comparing families across the UK. Households that score badly on these measures, combined with being in low income overall (for children), are considered to be “in low income and material deprivation”. It estimates that the true poverty rates, using these low income measures, are significantly lower once you try to account for this.