Child poverty by family type

Poverty among children in both lone-parent and couple households is rising

Source: Households Below Average Income (HBAI), United Kingdom, Department for Work and Pensions, 2016

In 2002/03 there were 3.8 million children in low-income households. By 2013/14 the number had fallen by about 100,000 despite continuous rises in the number of children in poverty from households containing couples. The number of children in poverty in lone parent families fell by 300,000 whilst, for children in households with both parents, the number increased by about 250,000. By 2014/15 however the number of children in poverty had increased by 60,000 from 2002/03.

Poverty is measured as the proportion of children living in households with an after housing costs income below 60% of the contemporary median household income.