What you will get from this report
- Findings from 2016 which demonstrate how austerity measures, together with long-term effects of the recession such as income poverty, have contributed to increases in the number of children living in poverty.
- Findings which demonstrate how vulnerable groups of children continue to be some of the worst affected by cuts to services - including children with disabilities, refugee and asylum seeker children, and children suffering from poor mental health.
- 2.6 million children in the UK live in absolute poverty, and children are at higher risk of living in both relative and absolute low income than the overall UK population (Department for Work and Pensions). Child poverty is also predicted to increase between 2016-2020 (Institute for Fiscal Studies).
- Almost half (44%) of the severely materially deprived children in 30 European countries in 2012 lived in three countries: Italy (16%), Romania (14%) and the UK (14%) (UNICEF).
- Children born into poverty suffer an increased risk of mortality in the first year of life and in adulthood, they are more likely to be born early and small, and they face more health problems later in life (Institute for Fiscal Studies).
- A couple with two children would need to work 58 hours a week at the minimum wage to lift themselves out of poverty (Child Poverty Action Group).
- Eviction and homelessness are on the rise, and over the last five years, the number of rented households in England and Wales who were evicted has more than trebled, and poorer households are around four times as likely to spend a third or more of their income on housing, as households with average incomes (Joseph Rowntree).