“We believe that that while all measures have difficulties and limitations, the 60% median is robust and well tested, and links both to the resources available in the society and to the standard of living considered as ‘normal’ in the given society. As you noted in your Scarman lecture in 2005, poverty should be understood as relative concept and must be measured as such. In addition, you have also noted in your recent Hugo Young lecture the importance of addressing inequality in our society. The commitment to an EU wide target on poverty reduction would be an important statement of the UK’s commitment to making progress on addressing inequality.”
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