Birmingham ranks 4th highest for child poverty in the UK

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:

 

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