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Meanwhile almost half (48.6 per cent) of those below the poverty line were lifted out of it in 2014, a rate second only to that in Denmark (52.2 per cent)

Downing Street attributed the improvement to higher employment levels.

A Government spokesman said: “We are working hard to eliminate child poverty and improve life chances; today’s statistics show that our work in this area is paying off and the UK now has one of the lowest levels of persistent poverty in the EU.

“The Government is determined to tackle poverty and its causes, particularly through work.”

But Rachael Orr, the head of Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme said: “The fact that such a large proportion of the British population have recently experienced poverty proves that getting people into work isn’t the route out of poverty that it should be.

“Just under two thirds of children and working-age adults in poverty are in working households.

“The Government needs a clear and coherent strategy to tackle poverty or cuts to social security will see poverty rates in the UK reach even greater heights by 2020.”

Richard Tonkin, head of household and income expenditure statistics at the ONS, said: “Over a four-year period it’s actually surprising how high the proportion of the population is whose incomes slip below that.

“In the UK, compared with other countries, people have a relatively high risk of slipping into relative low-income poverty.

“But high exit rates mean people are much more likely to escape poverty than in other countries.”

UK ranked among poverty turnaround capitals of Europe –