Tower Hamlets constituencies have worst child poverty in UK

Bethnal Green and Bow along with Poplar and Limehouse have the worst and third worst rates of child poverty in the UK at 54.18% and 52.75% respectively.

The borough of Tower Hamlets has the worst rate of child poverty in the entire country at 53.4%.

These dismal statistics are published by the End Child Poverty coalition which has also published a new Child Poverty map of the UK.

Households are deemed to be living in poverty if their household income (adjusted to account for household size,) is less than 60% of the average. All poverty rates are calculated on an after housing costs basis.

Parliamentary constituencies with worst child poverty in the UK

Parliamentary constituencyPercentage
1. Bethnal Green and Bow54.18%
2. Birmingham, Ladywood53.06%
3. Poplar and Limehouse52.75%
4. Birmingham, Hodge Hill51.46%
5. Manchester, Gorton47.97%
6. Birmingham, Hall Green47.82%
7. Manchester Central47.52%
8. Bradford West47.26%
9. Bradford East46.73%
10. Oldham West and Royton45.58%
Top 10 parliamentary constituencies with highest levels of child poverty UK (Figures show percentage of children in poverty 2017 after housing costs). Data Source: End Child Poverty http://bit.ly/2E77hYE

Tories are dragging us back

Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour Party, Poplar & Limehouse
Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour Party, Poplar & Limehouse

“It is shocking that in 2018, we have more children in Poplar and Limehouse living under the poverty line than not. The last Labour government, of which I was a part, lifted 1 million children out of poverty.

These dispiriting figures serve as more proof the Tories are dragging us back,” said MP for Poplar and Limehouse Jim Fitzpatrick.

“Child poverty has a devastating effect on families and broader society. We’re experiencing one of the most prolonged squeezes on living standards, today’s report shows the extent to which families are hurting. What will it take for this government to act?”

Child poverty UK by Local Authority

Local AuthorityPercentage
1. Tower Hamlets53.4%
2. Manchester43.6%
3. Newham43.21%
4. Birmingham42.33%
5. Hackney41.3%
6. Westminster41.29%
7. Oldham40.66%
8. Leicester40.59%
9. Islington40.4%
10. Camden39.92%
Top 10 local authorities with highest levels of child poverty across the UK. (Figures show percentage of children in poverty 2017 after housing costs). Data Source: End Child Poverty http://bit.ly/2E77hYE

Causes of child poverty are multiple and complex

Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green and Bow

“New figures released today reveal that my constituency Bethnal Green and Bow has the highest rate of child poverty in the UK. It is a disgrace that over half of the children in Bethnal Green and Bow are living in poverty,” said Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.

“The causes of child poverty are multiple and complex. They are anchored in structural inequality in our economy, high housing costs, changes in the labour market, benefit changes and a range of other factors.”

“There is no single answer to reducing child poverty, but without urgent government action to reduce the cost of housing, provide additional support to those in low paid work along with providing affordable, flexible and high-quality childcare, child poverty will continue to remain stubbornly high.”