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Child Poverty

The Children in Low-Income Families Local Measure shows the proportion of children living in families in receipt of out-of-work (means-tested) benefits or in receipt of tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of UK median income.  This measure provides a broad proxy for relative low-income child poverty as set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010, and enables analysis at a local level. Statistics are published at various levels of geography providing an annual snapshot as at 31 August from 2006 onwards. The definitive national measure of relative child poverty as set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010, is contained in the DWP Households Below Average Income (HBAI) publication series.

Key Findings - the picture in Cumbria

  • There are currently 11,700 children aged 0-15 years living in poverty in Cumbria, 14.5% of children aged under 16 years; and 13,200 children aged 0-19 years, 13.8% of all children.  This is below national levels at 18.6% and 18.0% respectively.

  • Levels of child poverty in all districts, with the exception of Barrow-in-Furness, are below national levels. 

  • In Barrow-in-Furness, 20.8% of children aged 0-15 years are living in poverty; 20.0% of all children aged 0-19 years.

  • The wards with the greatest proportion of children living in poverty are: Central in Barrow-in-Furness(44.0%); Sandwith in Copeland (42.2%); and Moss Bay in Allerdale (33.6%). 

  • A total of 30 wards have levels of child poverty greater than the national average

(Source: HMRC, August 2013)


Child Poverty briefings


Child Poverty Needs Assessment

The Child Poverty Bill became an Act of Parliament in March 2010 and placed a duty on local authorities to carry out a Child Poverty Needs Assessment. The aim of the Needs Assessment is to enable us to understand the characteristics of poor families in Cumbria and to identify the key drivers of poverty. You can view the Assessment (s) at the links below:

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