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Poverty: Children

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Primarolo Baroness Primarolo Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children who live in a household where at least one adult is employed are currently living in absolute poverty after housing costs.

Photo of Baroness Buscombe Baroness Buscombe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

National statistics on the number of children in absolute poverty in a family where at least one adult is employed can be calculated from figures published in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication.

In 2017/18, 2.5m children were in absolute poverty (after housing costs) in families with at least one adult in employment. However, nearly half of these families are in part time work only, or are self-employed

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