London has the highest rates of poverty (43%) in the UK for children living in families with a child under 5. That’s according to new research from Little Village, supported by analysis from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
The new report explores the rates, persistence and depth of poverty in families where at least one child is aged under 5. It also highlights the impact of the Covid pandemic on low-income families with young children.
Key findings about children living in families with at least one child under 5:
• London has the highest rates of poverty for children in these households (43%).
• London is followed by the North East (42%) and the West Midlands (39%). The lowest poverty rates in the UK for children in these households are in Scotland (28%), the South West (28%) and Northern Ireland (27%).
• London has the deepest poverty rates of anywhere in the UK for these families. On average, children in poverty in the capital live further below the poverty line than children elsewhere in the UK. In real terms, that’s the equivalent to a family with two young children living on £248 a week.
Our full press release, detailing the findings, can be found here.