Poverty: Children

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd July 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what most recent estimate she has made of the number of children in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Manchester Gorton constituency living in poverty; and what proportion of those children are BAME.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

National Statistics on the number and percentage of children in low income households are published annually in the “Households Below Average Income” publication.

Latest statistics for the number of children who are in low income households for England and the North West region can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-199495-to-201819, “children-hbai-timeseries-1994-95-2018-19-tables” in table 4.17ts (relative low income, before and after housing costs) and 4.23ts (absolute low income, before and after housing costs).

The latest figures for children in low income households in Manchester Gorton, up to 2018/19, can be found at:


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The survey used by the Department to estimate numbers in low income households does not collect data on the ethnicity of children in households responding to the survey so it is not possible to provide estimates of children living in low income households by ethnicity.

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