Poverty costs UK taxpayers billions annually: Report

The British government is spending billions in tax money to reduce the impacts of poverty across the country, a new report shows.

The report, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) on Monday, showed that on average each taxpayer should shell out £1,200 a year in order to make up for £78 billion lost to the effects of poverty in the country.

Most of the burden, some £29 billion of it, is borne by the National Health Service (NHS), as poor people are “more likely” to become ill, according to the survey, which was conducted for JRF by Heriot-Watt and Loughborough universities.

Aside from malnutrition and unsanitary living environments, the report said poverty contributed to a surge in mental illnesses in the UK.

The figure stood at £10 billion for schools that are providing poorer students with such initiatives as free school meals and additional funding for disadvantaged pupils.

Some £9 billion was channeled to police and criminal…

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