Child Poverty

Across the district in 2019/20 there were 14,150 children living in low income families (income below 60% of the national median income before housing costs). This is around 21% of children aged under 16, slightly above the UK average (19%). The highest child poverty rates in the region are in Bradford (38%) and Hull (32%). The number of local children in low income families has increased by 34% over the past five years.

Two-thirds of children in low income families live in working families – similar to regional and national patterns. At ward level, the proportion of children living in low income families ranges from 12% in Stanley and Outwood East, to 33% of children in Wakefield North and 39% in Wakefield East

Children living in low income families in 2019/20, by ward. Source: Department for Work and Pensions

Other factors affecting levels of child poverty

Among families with dependent children, 6,200 parents have no qualifications (12% of all parents, compared to 7% in England), and a further 10,200 parents only have Level 1 qualifications (19% of all parents, compared to 16% in England). Only around 9% of couple households with dependent children have no access to a car or van, but 40% of lone parent households have no access to this type of transport. This level of no car ownership is slightly higher than the England average.

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