Map shows child poverty across the UK
By Julie Griffiths on 25 January 2018 Poverty
The End Child Poverty coalition has published figures providing a new child poverty map of the UK.
The new figures reveal that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty. This is compared to one in 10, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates.
The figures also show that some of the most deprived areas of the UK have seen the biggest increases in child poverty since the coalition's last local child poverty figures, for December 2015.
Increases of 10 percentage points in some areas demonstrate the growing crisis of child poverty in the UK.
As price rises risk pushing ever larger numbers of children below the poverty line, the coalition is calling on the chancellor to end the freeze on children's benefits – currently in place until the end of the decade – so that families no longer see living standards squeezed as prices rise.
Child poverty is the highest in large cities, particularly London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Among the 20 parliamentary constituencies with the highest levels of childhood poverty, seven are located in London, three in Birmingham, and three in Manchester.
Since the introduction of the benefit freeze, the coalition of charities, faith groups and unions has warned that as prices rise, low income families would find it increasingly hard to pay for the same basic essentials.
Chair of End Child Poverty and director of policy and research at the Children’s Society Sam Royston said: ‘It is scandalous that a child born in some parts of the UK now has a greater chance of growing up in poverty, than being in a family above the breadline.
‘There can be little doubt that the government’s policy of maintaining the benefits freeze despite rising prices is a major contributor to the emerging child poverty crisis.'
Access the map and find the level of child poverty in your area here.
Find out more about the coalition here.