Children in low income families: local area statistics

Annual experimental Official Statistics on the number and proportion of children living in low income families.

This release has replaced DWP’s Children in out-of-work benefit households and HMRC’s Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families local measure releases.

The new statistics are a joint release by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and provide a more coherent picture of children in low-income families.

For both Relative and Absolute measures, before housing costs, these annual statistics include counts of children by:

  • geography, including by:
    • local authority
    • Westminster parliamentary constituency
    • Ward
    • Middle Super Output Area
  • year (2014/15 to 2018/19)
  • age of child
  • gender of child
  • family type
  • work status of the family

The statistics in this release complement and should be viewed as a companion to the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) release which provides survey estimates of children in low income households at national and regional level.

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Published 26 March 2020