Latest child poverty stats for Warwickshire

The key dataset used to monitor child poverty is the revised local child poverty measure (previously NI39) provided by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC).

The latest data relates to August 2010 and was released in September 2012.  The time lag with this data means that it does not fully reflect the impact of the current economic circumstances which families across the country are facing.  However, it does allow us to better understand the variation in the characteristics of child poverty between Warwickshire’s Districts and Boroughs and shows how they fit within the national picture as well as child poverty at a more local level (ward, LSOA).

In Warwickshire, there were 15,820 children considered to be living in poverty in 2010 (click here for the table).  This equates to 13.9% of all children.  This proportion is considerably below the national and regional equivalent figures of 20.6% and 23.3% respectively however, small localised pockets with relatively high levels exist.

The latest 2010 dataset shows there are two neighbourhoods in Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough where over 50% of children are considered to be living in poverty.  The list below details the top five LSOAs* in Warwickshire with the highest proportions of children living in “poverty”:

  • Camp Hill Village Centre LSOA, Camp Hill Ward, Nuneaton & Bedworth – 250 (52.7%)
  • Bar Pool North & Crescents LSOA, Bar Pool Ward, Nuneaton & Bedworth – 235 (52.0%)
  • Middlemarch & Swimming Pool LSOA, Wem Brook Ward, Nuneaton & Bedworth – 230 (48.4%)
  • Kingswood Grove Farm & Rural LSOA, Kingswood Ward, Nuneaton & Bedworth – 175 (40.9%)
  • Mancetter South & Ridge Lane LSOA, Atherstone South & Mancetter Ward, North Warwickshire – 140 (39.3%)

* Lower Super Output Areas are statistical geographies with an approximate population of 1,500 people.

The top 10% of Warwickshire’s LSOAs with the highest proportions of children living in poverty account for nearly 30% of all children living in “poverty” across Warwickshire.

Figures for most areas show a fall in the numbers of children living in poverty from the previous year.  However, this is a relative measure of poverty (so if incomes fall, the number of children in poverty fall – see previous blog) and as well as this, the impact of proposed welfare reform on families and children may push more low income families below the poverty line and therefore we may see these figures rise moving forward.

An example of this is highlighted in a recent report published by the Joseph Roundtree Foundation in July 2012. The report underlines the cuts to tax credits twinned with areas such as child care costs and transport costs mean that working families need a to earn a third more to make ends meet. The research also points out that the level of Universal Credit in 2013 will strongly influence the ability of households to reach this minimum income standard.

The latest child poverty data can be downloaded from HMRC and Warwickshire specific 2010 data can be viewed in the spreadsheet below:

Child Poverty 2010 data – Warwickshire

 

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