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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what percentage of children have been living in households with below 60 per cent. of (a) contemporary and (b) 1998-99 median income in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 2005-06; [295098]

(2) how many children have been defined as living in relative poverty in (a) the North East and (b) the UK in each year since 2007.

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Poverty statistics, published in the “Households Below Average Income” series only allow a breakdown of the overall number of people in relative poverty at Government Office Region level or for Inner or Outer London. Therefore, information for the Jarrow constituency or South Tyneside is not available.

The available information is in the following tables.

Number and percentage of children in the United Kingdom living in households with incomes below 60 per cent. of contemporary median income, 2005/06 to 2007/08, before housing costs

Period

Number (millions)

Percentage

2005/06

2.8

22

2006/07

2.9

22

2007/08

2.9

23

Number and percentage of children in the North East living in households with incomes below 60 per cent. of contemporary median income, 2005/06—2007/08, before housing costs

Period

Number (millions)

Percentage

2005/06 - 2007/08

0.1

28

Number and percentage of children in the United Kingdom living in households with incomes below 60 per cent. of 1998/99 median income, 2005/06 to 2007/08, before housing costs

Period

Number (millions)

Percentage

2005/06

1.6

13

2006/07

1.7

13

2007/08

1.7

13

Number and percentage of children in the North East living in households with incomes below 60 per cent. of 1998/99 median income, 2005/06 - 2007/08, Before housing costsPeriodNumber (millions)Percentage2005/06 - 2007/080.114 Notes:1. These statistics are based on households below average income, sourced from the Family Resources survey. The Family Resources survey is available in the Library.2. Small changes 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. For the North East, three years of data have had to be combined due to small sample size.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’ (HBAI) series, which uses disposable household income, adjusted (or ‘equivalised’) for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living.5. For the households below average income series, incomes have been equivalised using Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) equalisation factors.6. Numbers of children in low income have been rounded to the nearest hundred thousand.7. Proportions of children in low income have been rounded to the nearest percentage point.8. The 1998/99 median income threshold has been held constant in real terms before applying this to the 2007/08 households below average income data.