Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 64 - Proportion of different categories of families living in poverty in UK

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Pie Chart:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The pie chart below shows the proportion of different categories of families living in poverty in the UK in 2002.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

» Write at least 150 words.

Proportion of UK families living in poverty in 2002


Sample Answer:
The given pie chart shows data on the different family types that lived under the poverty line in the year 2001 in the UK. As is presented in the pie chart, sole parents and single persons without children were the highest in percentages who lived in destitute conditions in the UK in 2002.

According to the pie chart, people in the UK who lived under poverty mostly fall under sole parent category for the year 2002. This was the highest among all the given categories (more than 25%) that lived in paucity for the given year.  The second largest segment who were needy were the single persons without any child and their percentage was 24%. Couples with children family type had 15% poverty rate while this percentage was less than 10% for single aged people, aged couple and couples with children.

In this year 14% of all household of the UK were living in poverty. Interestingly aged people had less percentage of poverty and couples with children enjoyed better economic condition than the couples without children.

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+2 # Bipin Sharma 2017-09-03 11:35
The pie chart provides information about the percentage of people in the United Kingdom from each household type living in poverty in the year 2002. Overall, the majority of single people, with or without children, were suffering from destitution while the aged couple who suffered from insolvency were comparatively less in percentage.

According to the illustration, about half of the single people with or without children were below the poverty line in the year 2002 in the UK. Similarly, 15% couples having children in this year were not able to live comfortably due to weak economic conditions.

Couples without any children living in poverty in 2002 accounted for 9% of total population in the United Kingdom. Aged people, whether single or staying together with family members, were suffering least financially - 12% of these family type. Less than one-fifth people from all households were passing their days in difficulties due to poverty in the same year in the UK.
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0 # Daniel 2016-04-09 13:02
This chart gives no sense to me. The deadline talks about the proportion of families, whereas in the chart itself there is 'proportion of people from each household'. Household does not implicitly mean family, does it?

The next thing I do not understand are the proportions... How there can be included 14% of 'all household'?

Either the pie chart shows the percentage share of different people living in poverty or it shows the percentage of those of impoverished in each of 7 groups given.

In any case, this gives me no sense. Moreover, I do not understand why you provide sample answers which are irrelevant and not correct.

This website is great, but a lot of people (including me) can find some sort of things very misleading. Also it would be great, if you could provide each writing task with real sample answer, so people can use it as an inspiration and not just any 'sample answers' where there is a massive fail straight at the very beginning: ...in 2001

Thank you, good luck!
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