Child poverty by family type

Poverty among children in lone-parent households is starting to rise

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Source: Households Below Average Income (HBAI), United Kingdom, Department for Work and Pensions, 2017

The chart above shows that the proportion of children living in poverty with two adults has remained consistent over the last 20 years. However, the story is different for children living with a lone parent. Between 1996/97 and 2010/11 there was a 61% decrease in the proportion of children living in poverty with a lone parent. Recently, this trend has started to show signs of change, as in the last two years the proportion of children in poverty with a lone parent has started to increase.

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.