Birmingham ranks 4th in the UK for having the highest level of child poverty according to new data published by the End Child Poverty campaign
The newly released figures provide a break down of how many children are in poverty before and after housing costs.
According to the report, there are currently 82,034 children in Birmingham (28.39%) who are in poverty before housing costs are taken into account.
That number rises to 122,296 after housing costs are taken into account seeing a 13.94% increase to 42.33% of children in Birmingham.
Percentages of children in poverty before and after housing costs by ward:
Three parliamentary constituencies in Birmingham featured in the top 20 with the highest levels of child poverty.
- Hall Green increased from 40% in 2015 to 48% in 2017
- Perry Barr increased from 35% in 2015 to 43% in 2017
- Hodge Hill increased from 44% in 2015 to 51% in 2017
Chairman of the End Child Poverty Campain, Sam Royston said
“It is scandalous that a child born in some parts of the UK now have a greater chance of growing up in poverty, than being in a family above the breadline”.
Estimated number of children in poverty by ward: