End Child Poverty has published new figures (February 2013) on the level of child poverty in each constituency, local authority and ward in the UK.
Report - Download the full report on local child poverty figures here.
Full data - Download an excel spreadsheet with the full data here.
Map - click here for an interactive map of the UK showing poverty levels in each Local Authority. The map has been produced by The Children's Society for End Child Poverty.
National press release: you can read the national press release about the figures here.
The figures reveal the wide disparity in poverty rates across the UK and within regions. For example, in London, the constituency of Poplar and Limehouse has a child poverty rate of 41 per cent compared to just 7 per cent in Richmond. In the North West, whereas 38 per cent of children in Manchester are poor, in Ribble Valley the figure is just 7 per cent.
The top 20 parliamentary constituencies for child poverty in the UK are:
1. Manchester Central (47% of children in poverty)
2. Belfast West (43%)
3. Glasgow North East (43%)
4. Birmingham, Ladywood (42%)
5. Bethnal Green and Bow (42%)
6. Liverpool, Riverside (42%)
7. Poplar and Limehouse (41%)
8. Middlesbrough (40%)
9. Blackley and Broughton (38%)
10. Newcastle upon Tyne Central (38%)
11. Leeds Central (38%)
12. Liverpool, Walton (37%)
13. Glasgow Central (37%)
14. Hackney South and Shoreditch (37%)
15. Manchester, Gorton (37%)
16. Birmingham, Hodge Hill (37%)
17. Islington South and Finsbury (37%)
18. Nottingham North (37%)
19. Edmonton (37%)
20. Birkenhead (36%)
The top 20 local authorities for child poverty in the UK are:
1. Tower Hamlets(42% of children in poverty)
4. Derry (35%)
5. Belfast (34%)
6. Islington (34%)
7. Glasgow City (33%)
8. Liverpool (33%)
9. Newcastle upon Tyne (33%)
11. Nottingham (32%)
12. Knowsley (32%)
13. Newham (32%)
14. Strabane (32%)
15. Barking and Dagenham (31%)
16. South Tyneside (31%)
17. Hastings (31%)
18. Birmingham (31%)
19. Westminster (30%)
20. Hackney (30%)
Commenting on the figures, Enver Solomon, Chair of the End Child Poverty campaign said:
"The child poverty map reveals the depth and breadth of child poverty across the country showing the gross levels of inequality that children face in every region. Far too many children whose parents are struggling to making a living are having to go hungry and miss out on the essentials of a decent childhood that all young people should be entitled to.
The huge disparities that exist across the country have become more entrenched and are now an enduring reality as many more children are set to become trapped in long term poverty and disadvantage.
Local authorities are having to deal with reduced budgets but they have critical decisions to make. We’re calling on authorities to prioritise low income families in the decisions they make about local welfare spending, including spending on the new council tax benefit, and on protecting families hit by the bedroom tax. This week we have written to local authority leaders in the local authorities with the most child poverty, asking them what they will do to tackle child poverty in their local area.”
The government must also closely examine its current strategy for reducing poverty and consider what more it could do to ensure millions of children’s lives are not blighted by the corrosive impact that poverty has on their daily existence.’’
Use our interactive map to find the level of child poverty in local authorities across the UK. To see a map at Scotland level click here.