North East child poverty rises by over one-third

The North East has seen the UK’s greatest growth in child poverty in the past five years, according to study by the End Child Poverty Coalition and Loughborough University. Overall, in the North East, the child poverty rate rose from 26% to 37% between 2014/15 and 2019/20 moving from just below the UK average to the second highest of any region, after London.

London and Birmingham have the greatest concentrations of child poverty with a dozen constituencies showing the majority of children living below the poverty line – households with below 60% of median income after taking account of housing costs – even before large numbers of people started losing their jobs as a result of the pandemic.

The Coalition’s press release can be seen here and the full report ‘Local indicators of child poverty after housing costs, 2019/20’ as well as tables with Constituency and Local Authority data are available here