Over at Joseph Rowntree Foundation's #antipoverty communications debate, people have been talking about the need to depoliticise public discussion of poverty. Whatever your views on whether that's possible or desirable, depoliticisation surely shouldn't come at the cost of de-historicisation. Hence this chart, which shows the timing of the rise in poverty for working age adults and children.

Poverty in the UK has a history: some- not all- of that history is political. Let's not pretend otherwise.

Data from the IFS http://www.ifs.org.uk/fiscalFacts/povertyStats.