The End Child Poverty coalition, of which Family Fund is a member, is calling for the major Parties to outline ambitious child poverty-reduction strategies, as new data shows that child poverty is becoming the norm in parts of Britain and that more than 50% of children are living in poverty in some constituencies.

The new research published today highlights how worrying levels of child poverty vary across Britain and shows that poverty is on the rise - and rising fastest in places where it is already highest.

Key findings are:

  • In some constituencies more than half of children are growing up in poverty
  • Impoverished areas see the greatest rises in child poverty
  • Child poverty highest in big cities, particularly London, Birmingham and Greater Manchester
  • 500,000 more children are having their lives limited by poverty today than at the start of the decade

As members of the End Child Poverty coalition, Family Fund CEO Cheryl Ward said: “This research paints a worrying picture of deprivation affecting more children across the country.

“As a charity which supports families on low-incomes with disabled children, we are particularly concerned about the impact on their quality of life and opportunities to thrive. Disabled children are a vulnerable group with increased dependence on the provision of adequate and timely health and social care services.

“The average income of families with disabled children is 23.5% below the national average of £19,968 and it is costs around three times more to raise a disabled child compared with other children.

“Our grants and information support for low-income families with disabled children improves life every day for the 70,000 we support each year, by providing items that enhance well-being and support access to education and play.

“This report shows there has never been a greater need for our service. Family Fund therefore supports the call of the Coalition to see a child-poverty reduction strategy which will protect and enhance the lives of children across the UK.”

Researchers from Loughborough University estimated the numbers of children locked in poverty in each constituency, ward and local authority area across Britain, showing that child poverty is rising particularly rapidly in parts of major cities, especially London, Birmingham and Manchester, suggesting that inequality between areas is growing.

End Child Poverty is calling for Government to set out an ambitious and credible child poverty-reduction strategy, including:

  • Restoring the link between benefits (including housing support) and inflation, and then making up for the loss in the real value in children’s benefits as a result of the four-year freeze and previous sub-inflation increases in benefit rates.
  • Ending the two-child limit on child allowances in tax credits and universal credit-and reforming Universal Credit;
  • Reversing the cuts and investing in children’s services such as mental health, education, childcare and social care. 

The full report is available at: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/poverty-in-your-area-2019/