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Children: Poverty

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what percentage of children are living in poverty in each region and country of the UK; and what percentage of children in poverty lived in households where one or more members of the household were in work in each year from 2005 to 2009. (302569)

I have been asked to reply.

Information on the number and percentage of children living in low income households in each region and country of the UK is given in the table for periods where data are available. Regional data are presented as three-year averages, due to variability in single-year estimates.

Table 1: Number and proportion of children who are living in households with less than 60 per cent. of contemporary median income, before housing costs, by country and region, United Kingdom, 2005-06 to 2007-08

Country or region

Number (millions)

Percentage (per cent.)

England

2.4

22

North East

0.1

28

North West

0.4

27

Yorkshire and the Humber

0.3

26

East Midlands

0.2

26

West Midlands

0.3

27

East of England

0.2

15

London

0.4

23

South East

0.3

15

South West

0.2

18

Scotland

0.2

21

Wales

0.2

27

Northern Ireland

0.1

24

Information on the percentage of children in low income households where one or more members of the household were in work is in the table for years where data are available.

Table 2: Proportion of children living in households with less than 60 per cent. of contemporary median household income who are in households with at least one adult in work, United Kingdom, 2005-06 to 2007-08

Proportion of children

2005-06

55

2006-07

57

2007-08

57