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Poverty: Children

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many children in (a) the Vale of York and (b) England were considered to be in severe poverty in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2007; (247609)

(2) how many children were estimated to be in relative poverty in (a) Vale of York constituency and (b) England in each of the last three years.

There is no official or agreed definition of severe poverty. Child poverty statistics, published in the Households Below Average Income series, only allow a breakdown of the overall number of children in relative poverty at Government office region level or for inner or outer London. This means information for the Vale of York is not available.

Available information is shown in the following table. Statistics based on other thresholds are given in the Households Below Average Income publication, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

Numbers of children living in households with incomes below 60 per cent. of median in 1999-2000, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07, before housing costs, England

Number (Million)

1999-2000

2.8

2004-05

2.3

2005-06

2.4

2006-07

2.4

Notes:

1. These statistics are based on Households Below Average Income, sourced from the Family Resources Survey.

2. Small differences should be treated with caution as these will be affected by sampling error and variability in non-response.

3. The reference period for Households Below Average Income figures are single financial years.

4. The income measures used to derive the estimates shown employ the same methodology as the Department for Work and Pensions publication “Households Below Average Income” series, which uses net disposable household income, adjusted (or ‘equivalised’) for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living.

5. Incomes have been equivalised using OECD equivalisation factors.

6. Number of children have been rounded to the nearest 100,000 children.

Source:

Households Below Average Income, 2006-07.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in Glasgow in (a) January 2007, (b) January 2008 and (c) January 2009. (248538)

The information requested is not available.

Our child poverty statistics, published in the Households Below Average Income series, only allow a breakdown of the number of children in poverty at Government office region/national level.