Increase in poverty - reasons why

The seven reasons of poverty during the Elizabethan period
ReasonExplanation
Rising populationThe population rose by a million during the Elizabethan period. More people meant there was more demand for goods, and so prices rose.
InflationPrices for goods rose, but wages fell as there were more people around to do the work.
Cloth trade collapseWoollen cloth was the England’s main export. There was a decline in demand and this led to unemployment.
WarsTaxes were increased to compensate for the price of waging war.
Bad harvestsHarvests were particularly bad in the 1590s leading to even higher demand and more rising prices.
Changes in farmingMany landlords decided to enclose their fields and keep sheep instead of growing crops which led to high unemployment.