Barking and Dagenham have the eleventh highest level of child poverty in the whole of the UK, say child poverty organisation.
According the End Child Poverty coalition, 37% of children in the Barking and Dagenham local authority were found to be living in poverty in December 2015.
Figures compiled by the organisation show the shocking inequality of wealth across in the UK, and even wide variances within a single region.
In Clacton, 35.7% of children (5,885) were found to be in poverty after housing costs were taken into consideration. Witham has the lowest level of child poverty in an Essex local authority (17.6%).
Relative poverty in the UK (also called relative low income) is defined as a total family income that is less than 60% of the national average income, which is currently £26,000. People who fall into this bracket are considered to be either ‘at risk of poverty’ or already subsisting below the minimum acceptable standard of living.
Child poverty tends to be highest in large cities, particularly in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The highest child poverty level out of all the local authorities was Tower Hamlets in London (44%), while the lowest level was in Wokingham, Berkshire (10%).
The constituency of Prime Minister Theresa May (Maidenhead) is among the 20 with the lowest child poverty rates.
Sam Royston, Chair of the End Child Poverty Coalition, said;
“As the Prime Minister has rightly recognised, this is not a country that works for everyone. In every community, there are children being denied the happy childhoods and the good start in life other children take for granted. Our children are twice as likely to be poor as our pensioners.
“Families who are just about managing today, won’t be managing tomorrow if Universal Credit leaves them with fewer pounds in their pocket and if inflation means the pounds in their pocket don’t stretch as far as they used to.
“This month’s Autumn Statement is a major opportunity for the new government to act to help these families. We urge the Chancellor to reverse the significant cuts to Universal Credit targeted at working families and, at the very least, shield children’s benefits from inflation.”
The full report on local child poverty figures can be downloaded here.