DWP have produced new Official Statistics showing the numbers of children living in out-of-work benefit claimant households as at 31 May 2009 and 31 May 2010.
These figures show the numbers of children living in households where at least one parent or guardian claimed one or more of the following out-of-work benefits: Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance, or Pension Credit at 31 May 2010.
The data is available to download below by Region, Local Authoirty, Ward and Lower Super Output Area:
In Warwickshire, there are 15,830 children aged 18 or under living in households claiming out of work benefits at 31st May 2010. This represents 13.4% of children aged 18 or under. There were 8,560 households claiming out of work benefits at 31st May 2010.
For more information, see the DWP statistics web pages.
This dataset is used as a proxy for child poverty, however, the revised local child poverty measure is defined as the proportion of children living in families in receipt of out of work (means-tested) benefits or in receipt of tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of median income (the former NI 116). The latest data for this measure relates to 2008 with 2009 data due to be released in Autumn 2011.