Child poverty increases in England across the north and Midlands

Child poverty has shot up in towns and cities across the north and Midlands of England, fuelled by stagnating family incomes and the spiralling cost of housing, an analysis has found. Although deprived inner-London boroughs such as Newham and Tower Hamlets continue to have the highest levels of child poverty in the UK, the most striking increases have been in Middlesbrough, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and parts of Birmingham.

The north-east saw the most dramatic rise in child poverty, up nine percentage points between 2014-15 and 2018-19, taking it from the English region with the joint second-lowest rate to the second highest, behind London. The End Child Poverty campaign, which commissioned the analysis, said although the figures predated Covid, they showed alarming rates of child poverty even before the pandemic led to large numbers of people losing their jobs. Read more.