Child poverty levels reach up to 39% in the North East

Child poverty levels reach up to 39% in the North East

End Child Poverty have recently released new figures on the level of child poverty in each constituency, local authority, and ward in the UK.

These new figures highlight the importance of continued and consistent action to tackle child poverty in the UK. The report, available here, shows that both relative poverty - whether households have less than 60% of the median household income - and absolute poverty - when it is impossible for people to meet basic needs through their household income - levels are now higher than they were in 2010, whether considered before or after housing costs. The report concludes that child poverty is rising fastest in places where it is already high.

The data was compiled using a new method for estimating child poverty in local areas, which use a range of indicators not previoulsy taken into consideration. Under this new method, for example, factors such as unemployment and the number of families on tax credits are considered as potential changes to the likelihood of people completing income surveys and the accuracy of these. As such, figures are adjusted to take this into consideration.

The data for the North East shows that in some areas, the percentage of children living in poverty is as high as 39%. Both the parliamentary constituency of Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Middlesbrough local authority have been highlighted as being in the top 20 places with the highest levels of child poverty in the country. The table below shows the data in more depth. We have updated our data page to reflect these.

Local Authority Before Housing       After Housing        
County Durham 26% 36%
Darlington 24% 35%
Gateshead 24% 36%
Hartlepool 29% 36%
Middlesbrough 32% 39%
Newcastle upon Tyne            30% 39%
North Tyneside 21% 30%
Northumberland 20% 31%
Redcar and Cleveland 23% 34%
South Tyneside 25% 34%
Stockton-on-Tees 24% 34%
Sunderland 26% 37%

The full data can be found here. Regional data for the North East can be find divided by parliamentary constituency or local authority.

The picture it paints is damning. Austerity has done nothing to help those who most need it, and is disproportionately affecting those regions and people who were already finding it hard to get by.

Employers

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Schools

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Local Authorities

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