Despite being a relatively wealthy country in terms of GDP (5th out of 193 economies), income inequality in the UK is comparatively high and is increasing.  Those on lower incomes have a poor standard of living, but in most cases their poverty is relative rather than absolute, as they have access to public service provision (health services, welfare and so on).  The poverty line in the UK is commonly defined as being 60% of the median household income and currently one-third of the population live in households below this line.  The Human Development Index (HDI) in 2015, ranks the country at 16 out of 187.  

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