Child poverty in your area
Local child poverty rates, After Housing Costs
Every year the End Child Poverty Coalition, together with the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, publishes data on the number of children living in poverty, in each Westminster Constituency and Local Authority across the UK.
This year (June 2023) the report not only looks at where the highest levels of child poverty are occurring, but also which families are most likely to experience child poverty.
Look up child poverty in your constituency or local authority
This interactive map shows the number and percentage of children in poverty (after housing costs) by constituency and Local Authority.
You can switch between the two types of map using the bar at the top. And you can search for your local area using the postcode search bar.
Who is most likely to experience child poverty?
Our research this year not only shows where child poverty rates are the highest, but which families are most likely to experience child poverty.
For 2021/22 key findings include:
- 71% of children who were in poverty after housing costs, and 67% of those who were in poverty before housing costs, were in a family where at least one adult was working.
- Before housing cost data of poverty by region and household work status shows that the North East has the highest levels of in-work poverty, with 67% of children in poverty in working families.
- 44% of children in lone parent families are in poverty after housing costs. This is compared with just 25% of children in couple parent families.
- The poverty rate for children in families with three or more children was 42%, compared with 23% and 22% among children in families with one or two children, respectively.
- Children living in a family where someone is disabled had a poverty rate of 36% after housing costs, compared with 25% for children living in families where no-one is disabled.
- Child disability stats and regional figures show that in the highest rates of poverty for children with a disability is in the West Midlands, where 40.8% of children with a disability live in poverty.
- There are persistent ethnic inequalities in child poverty across the UK. 47% of children in Asian or Asian British households and 53% of those in Black households were in poverty after housing costs, compared with just 25% of those where the head of household was White.
- In the North East has the highest percentage of minority ethnic families living in poverty, with 64% of children in minority ethnic families experiencing poverty, compared with 33% of those in white families.
A note on how the data should be interpreted
The statistics on local child poverty rates after housing costs presented in our report are calibrated to the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Households Below Average Income (HBAI) dataset for FYE 2021 and FYE 2022. The DWP’s data has undergone extensive quality assurance prior to publication but, due to sampling issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, users are encouraged to exercise caution when interpreting this data. We further recommend that users of these Local Child Poverty Statistics focus on longer-term trends to understand how poverty has changed in an area rather than year-on-year changes which are prone to fluctuations.
More information about the DWP’s Households Below Average Income dataset is available here.