Child poverty has hit the headlines again as End Child Poverty has published new figures on the level of child poverty in each constituency, local authority and ward in the UK. The Centre for Research in Social Policy makes these annual estimates for the End Child Poverty Coalition, allowing them to map the percentage of children in poverty at small area level for a snapshot of time (July – September 2017).
The data is now live on Local Insight. This gives you instant and easy access to the data, matched to the communities you care about. And if you would like to see the data for your own wards, neighbourhoods and communities, get in touch for a free trial.
This dataset shows the number and percentage of children who are estimated to be in poverty after housing costs are taken into account. Rates are based on the number of children in each area, calculated using child benefit data.
To calculate the number of children classified as in poverty, the data relies on adjustments from two sets of administrative data:
This measure is calculated using the same administrative data as the Children In Poverty dataset published by HM Revenue and Customs / Department for Work and Pensions (last updated in 2014). However, as it is adjusted using Labour Force Survey for a more recent time point, it makes it more up to date, but also not comparable to the other measure for Children in Poverty. You can still also view the Children in Poverty dataset from 2014 (take a look here) in Local Insight.
Because of the way in which this data is constructed, the End Child Poverty report suggests that these measures should not be read as exact counts of the number of children in poverty in each area. But rather, as a good indication of where child poverty is particularly high compared to other areas, and where there is greater need to focus efforts to reduce it.
One of the key findings from this data release is the clear disparity between areas in the levels of child poverty recorded by these estimates. Regions, local authorities and wards vary drastically in the levels of child poverty reported, ranging from above 50% to below 10%.
Some of the key findings to be highlighted in the report are as follows:
For a full list of local authorities with the highest and lowest rates of child poverty, see the full report and datasets here: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/poverty-in-your-area-2018/
To explore the data in more detail for the specific communities that you work in, as well as compare the data to hundreds of other socio-economic datasets; sign up for a free trial of Local Insight.
Explore the interactive map by the End Child Poverty Coalition http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/
For more on the methodology of this data release and usage limitations of the dataset, see here: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/images/ecp/paper_explaining_calculations_and_method_to_ECP.pdf
Data source provider: Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crsp/publications/
Read The Guardian’s analysis of the data release here https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/24/most-children-in-uks-poorest-areas-now-growing-up-in-poverty