One in every two children in the most socially
deprived areas of the UK live in families struggling below the
poverty line, according to new research that maps the extent
of financial hardship in the UK. This has been produced by the End
Child Poverty campaign, of which Turn2us is a member.
A quarter of all children in the UK live in poverty
A quarter of all children in the UK live in poverty once housing
costs are taken into account, the research finds, although this
figure rises above 40% in some of the most expensive parts of
In a handful of UK neighbourhoods, poverty is so concentrated
that more than 50% of local children are classified as poor.
Campaigners said the impact of austerity measures such as welfare
spending cuts, coupled with low pay, meant it was increasingly
unlikely that the government would meet its aim of tackling child
poverty by 2020.
Highest poverty rates
London performs badly, with 10 of the top 20 constituencies with
the highest poverty rates in the UK.
Nine of the 16 most deprived neighbourhoods, all of which have
child poverty rates over 50%, are in the east London borough of
Tower Hamlets, where the wards of Bethnal Green South and
Bromley-by-Bow record rates of 54%.
The other areas of concentrated poverty are in Westminster,
Oldham, Leeds, Middlesborough, Burnley, Pendle, East Lindsey in
Lincolnshire, and Thanet in Kent.
Tower Hamlets overall has the highest child poverty levels in
the UK, measured on a local authority basis. At 49%, these are
substantially higher than Richmond-upon-Thames, at the other end of
the capital’s poverty scale at 15%, and almost five times the 10%
rate recorded in Wokingham, Berkshire, which boasts the UK's lowest
levels of child poverty.
Seven of the 10 local authorities with the highest levels of
child poverty in the UK are in London. The other three are
Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester.
Comment from Chair of End Poverty Action Group
David Holmes, Chair of End Child Poverty, said: “These figures
reveal just how widely and deeply child poverty reaches into our
communities, even those areas generally regarded as well off. Far
too many children whose parents are struggling to make a living are
suffering as a result and missing out on the essentials of a decent
childhood that all young people should be entitled to. We can and
must do better for our children."
Poverty Action Group press release about child poverty (link opens
in a new window) and
The Guardian news article: Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by
new research (link opens in a new window)
Use Turn2us resources to find help
If you have a child and are struggling to make ends meet,
use our Benefits Calculator to check your entitlement to
benefits and our Grants Search database to see if you are eligible
for help from a charitable fund, based on your personal background,
circumstances and needs.
The Turn2us Information and Resources section
contains resources on benefits, grants and managing money,
including useful links sheets and a Find an
Adviser tool to help you find national and local sources of
This includes a Turn2us Childcare costs information
The Turn2us Educational Costs information
section has information about the financial help that is
available for those in education, who is eligible, how much you can
get and how to apply.
If you have dependent children 16 or under, see also the
Turn2us Expecting or bringing up a child information section.
If your children are 16-25, see also the
Turn2us information section for Young people.
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Date of publication: 15 October 2014