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Children: Poverty

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were living in poverty in Salford in each year since 1993; and what the percentage change in this figure was from each year to the next. (313323)

Estimates of poverty for children are published in the households below average income (HBAI) series. These figures only allow a breakdown of the overall numbers in poverty at Government office region level. Therefore, information is not available for Salford.

The number of children living in poverty (in households with less than 60 per cent. of contemporary household income, before housing costs) in the north-west Government office region can be found in the following table. These data are based on three-year averages and changes are rounded to the nearest 100,000.

Please note that because regional figures are presented as three-year averages, a percentage change between each year is not available. Data are not available prior to 1994.

Number of children in poverty (million)

1993/94 to 1995/96

n/a

1994/95 to 1996/97

0.5

1995/96 to 1997/98

0.5

1996/97 to 1998/99

0.5

1997/98 to 1999/2000

0.5

1998/99 to 2000/01

0.5

1999/2000 to 2001/02

0.4

2000/01 to 2002/03

0.4

2001/02 to 2003/04

0.4

2002/03 to 2004/05

0.4

2003/04 to 2005/06

0.4

2004/05 to 2006/07

0.4

2005/06 to 2007/08

0.4

n/a = Not available

A local child poverty indicator has been developed to try and replicate this national measure as closely as possible. It captures the number and proportion of children in families in receipt of out-of-work benefits, or in receipt of tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent. of median income. Details can be found at:

www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/child_poverty.htm