Children in low income families: local area statistics

Annual Official Statistics on the number and proportion of children living 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 to 2020)
  • 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.

From the latest release (published on 25 March 2021), the experimental statistics label has been replaced by Official Statistics status. This means that our statistics meet the high standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value and comply with the Code of Practise. This decision by Statistics Head of Profession reflects factors including user feedback, methodological robustness, coverage, and that the defined development phase for these statistics has ended.

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Published 26 March 2020
Last updated 25 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the annual release of Children in low income families: local area statistics (data for 2014 to 2020).

  2. First published.