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Paul Goodman (Shadow Minister (Childcare), Treasury; Wycombe, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State forWork and Pensions how many and what percentage of children were living in poverty in each year since 1997.

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Margaret Hodge (Minister of State (Work), Department for Work and Pensions; Barking, Labour)

The seventh annual 'Opportunity for all' report (Cm 6673) sets out the Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and reports progress against a range of indicators. Detailed information about the number and proportion of children living in low income households is published in Households Below Average Income 1994/95–2003/04", available in the Library. The threshold of below 60 per cent. contemporary median income is the most commonly used in reporting trends in low income.

The information requested is in the tables.

Number of children falling below 60 per cent. of contemporary median income. (Relative low income)
Million
FRS (GB) Before housing costs After housing costs
1996–97 3.2 4.2
1997–98 3.1 4.1
1998–99 3.1 4.1
1999–2000 3.0 4.1
2000–01 2.7 3.8
2001–02 2.6 3.7
2002–03 2.6 3.6
2003–04 2.6 3.5

Source:

Family Resource Survey

Percentage of children living in households with income less than 60 per cent. of contemporary median income, Great Britain
FRS (GB) Before housing costs After housing costs
1996–97 25 33
1997–98 25 32
1998–99 24 33
1999–2000 23 32
2000–01 21 30
2001–02 21 30
2002–03 21 28
2003–04 21 28

Source:

Family Resource Survey

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