New analysis by End Child Poverty shows increasing numbers of children in relative income poverty
HBAI analysis of children in poverty in working families
The Government’s annual Households Below Average Income statistics allow us to calculate the number of children in poverty in working households, and how this has changed over time.
According to table 4.14ts 19% of children in working households lived in relative income poverty (after housing costs) in 2010-11. By 2013-14 (the latest available figures) this had increased to 21%. As shown in table 1 below, this means that children in relative income poverty in working families increased by 300,000 in this period.
The difference is even greater when measured in terms of “absolute” poverty (whereby the poverty line is increased in line with inflation rather than increases in median household income.) Table 4.20ts shows that poverty on this absolute low income measure (after housing costs,) increased from 19% in 2010-11 to 23% in 2013-14. This means that children in “absolute” poverty in working families increased by 500,000 in this period.
Table 1: number and proportion of children in poverty in working households
|Year||Percentage children in working households in relative poverty (AHC)||Number children in working households in relative poverty (AHC)||Percentage children in working households in “absolute” poverty (AHC)||Number children in working households in “absolute” poverty (AHC)||Population children in working households|