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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 live in a household where the adult is self-employed and are living in absolute poverty (1) before housing costs, and (2) 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 couple families where at least one adult is in full-time self-employment, can be calculated from figures published in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication.

In 2017/18, the number of children in absolute poverty, in couple families where at least one adult was in full-time self-employment, was 400,000 before housing costs and 500,000 after housing costs.

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