Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2005, by Guy Palmer, Jane Carr and Peter Kenway

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, 2005, 117pp, pbk, 1 85935 397 5, £16.95 Order this book

The previous Monitoring poverty and social exclusion report was published in 2003, and the graphs which appear for the first time in this new edition are significant: car use, the acquisition of further qualifications after age 16, and levels of benefit take-up; and there is additional material on in-work poverty. The researchers find that, while there is now less poverty among children and elderly people, this is not the case for working age adults without dependent children or for people with disabilities. For anyone interested in the prevalence of poverty this report is a must.