The latest official figures show that as of March 2021, 2.8 million children nationwide were living below the poverty line, even before housing costs are factored in
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A shocking two in three children live in poverty in some parts of the UK, the latest figures show.
Data shows that as of March 2021, 2.8 million children nationwide were living below the subsistence level, even before housing costs are factored in.
The number has fallen from 3.2 million in March 2020, thanks in part to government financial support early in the pandemic.
With the £20 boost to Universal Credit gone, the cost of living rising and benefits falling behind, charities have warned the situation is likely to get much worse.
The figures mean that one in five children in the UK lived in poverty last year (19%) – and in some boroughs the situation is even worse.
Analysis of hyperlocal data (areas with around 7,200 inhabitants each) shows that in the Govanhill West area of Glasgow, 69% of children live in poverty.
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The figures include young people up to the age of 19 who still live at home with their parents or carers and are in full-time education.
Proportions are estimates based on DWP figures on the number of children living in families with household incomes below 60% of the UK average as of March 2021 and Office for National Statistics population estimates as of mid-2020.
Because the government only releases local data on child poverty before housing costs, in some cases these figures are likely to be an underestimate of the number of children living in poverty – particularly in high-rent areas.
Meanwhile, the numbers also suggest that work is not a reliable route out of poverty — the majority of children living below the poverty line last year had at least one working parent.
Imran Hussain, director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, said: “These figures show that the Chancellor’s actions to increase incomes at the beginning of the pandemic lifted hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty, but the Treasury Department’s relative inaction, families Low incomes in today’s cost-of-living crisis are likely to result in lost progress and resurgence in child poverty.
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“As prices continue to rise, more of the low-income parents we support who were just getting by could go under with no tips, tricks or hacks left to stretch their income through the month.
“Our new research shows that nearly half (47%) of the low-income children we surveyed are concerned about their family’s finances as parents struggle to decide whether to put food on the table or heat their home.
“Alongside the current cost of living crisis, many families with children are still being hit by the £20-a-week cut in Universal Credit in October.
“Unless the government chooses to protect them now by shielding benefits from rising inflation, it will fall short on its campaign promise to reduce child poverty and millions of families will continue to face years of misery.”
A government spokesman said: “The latest figures show that there are fewer children in poverty and as work is the best way out of poverty it is right that we are focusing on filling the record number of vacancies.
“We continue to provide extensive support to help families with living expenses, backed by over £22billion of targeted investments to help low-income households.
“This includes putting an average of £1,000 more a year into the pockets of working families through Universal Credit changes, cutting fuel taxes and helping households on their energy bills through our £9.1 billion energy bill rebate.
“We’ve also raised the minimum wage for full-time workers by more than £1,000 a year and raised Social Security thresholds to allow people across the UK to keep more of what they earn before paying tax, while our £1billion budget supports the support fund helps the most vulnerable at substantial cost.”
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