Children living in poverty, after housing costs. Source: End Child Poverty
Across the district in May 2017 there were 10,730 children aged under-16 (17% of this age group) living in households where at least one parent or guardian was claiming out-of-work benefits. This number is lower than the position five years ago (13,710 children) but is still higher than the England rate (14%). A more sophisticated indicator of child poverty combines data on child tax credits with information on Council Tax and housing benefits and housing costs. This helps to account for those households that are working but who have very low incomes. In 2017, this measure estimated 26% of children were living in child poverty in Wakefield district, after housing costs had been taken into consideration. Across the region the levels are highest in Bradford (40%) and Hull (35%), and lowest in Harrogate (14%). There are large differences between wards (see table below), with levels of child poverty in Airedale and Ferry Fryston (37%) over twice that seen in Stanley and Outwood East (15%).