(504) England & Wales [Report]

PISThis blog may have to order the construction of a new library annex to house all the reports on suburban poverty it come across.  UK-based Smith Institute has just added to our holdings with the release of its findings after looking at suburban poverty in Wales and England.  Nearly seven million people are in poverty in suburban areas in the two countries.  The majority of the poor in Wales and England are now actually found in suburbs.  According to the report suburban poverty went up by thirty-four percent between 2001 and 2011.  The high cost of housing is expected to aggravate things in the future although the report identifies several possibilities for mitigating suburban poverty.  On that list is a careful application of increased density in support of higher frequency public transit to increase connections between suburban residents and the public realm.