Using the same measure as defined in Box 1 of the Introduction section, child poverty is relatively high in Hackney compared to London and England, but similar to many of its statistical peers (Figure 10).  The City of London has relatively low rates of child poverty on this measure.

Child poverty in Hackney has been falling in Hackney and the City in relative terms in recent years. Figure 11 shows a reduction of 21 percentage points in Hackney, from 49% to 28%, between 2007 and 2013.  This is the second biggest fall in child poverty of all Hackney’s ‘statistical peers’, with only Newham witnessing a larger reduction over this period (a reduction of 22 percentage points). 4  Over the same time period, child poverty has almost halved in the City.

Average child poverty has fallen across England as a whole over this period, but this is the result of a fall in median income (against which this relative child poverty measure is based) rather than an increase in the real incomes of low income households with children. 5  In a 2011 report, the IFS predicted that relative child poverty in the UK would rise to 24% in 2020, a steady increase from 19% in 2010. 6

Figure 10: Child poverty (2013)

child poverty is relatively high in Hackney at twenty eight percent compared to London twenty two percent and England ninteen, but similar to many of its statistical peers
Figure 10: Child poverty (2013)

Source: Public Health Outcomes Framework

Figure 11: Child poverty trends over time (2006-2013)

Figure 11: Child poverty trends over time (2006-2013)

Source: Public Health Outcomes Framework

References

  1. Hackney Council, “Child poverty and family wellbeing needs assessment update November 2015,” 2015.
  2. Institute for Fiscal Studies, “Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015,” 2015.
  3. Institue for Fiscal Studies, “Child and Working-Age Poverty from 2010-2020,” 2011
  4. Hackney Council, “Child poverty and family wellbeing needs assessment update November 2015,” 2015.
  5. Institute for Fiscal Studies, “Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015,” 2015.
  6. Institue for Fiscal Studies, “Child and Working-Age Poverty from 2010-2020,” 2011