Action for Children responds to today's UK child poverty figures

Posted by / Thursday 28 March 2019 /
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Responding to today’s UK child poverty figures, director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, Imran Hussain, said:

“Showing an increase in relative child poverty and a rare rise in absolute child poverty, today’s figures make for grim reading. Yet what’s more alarming is the Government’s complete lack of recognition or urgency that it’s failing so badly to combat this growing crisis.

“While we're told austerity is at an end, every day at Action for Children we're helping thousands of struggling families by playing a critical role in stepping in early to help keep vulnerable children safe from neglect, abuse and harm. We also support them in keeping their heads above water by providing a meal or even running unofficial foodbanks.

“The Chancellor must urgently act to close the funding gap for children’s services in this year’s Spending Review and ensure he no longer allows inflation to eat into the benefits families rely on for their basic living needs.”



Huw Beale, Senior Media Officer, Action for Children:

07718 114 038 / [email protected]

Out of hours 07802 806 679 / [email protected]


UK Child Poverty statistics 2017-18 (Published 28 March 2019) 




No. of children in poverty 2017/8 (previous year in brackets)

Percentage of children in poverty 

(previous year in brackets)

Relative child poverty

Before Housing Costs

3.0m  (2.7m)

22% (19%)


After Housing Costs

4.1m (4.1m)

30% (30%)





Absolute child poverty

Before Housing Costs

2.5m (2.2m)

18% (16%)


After Housing Costs

3.7m (3.5m)

26% (26%)

Low income and material deprivation


1.6m (1.5m)


Severe low income and material deprivation


0.7m (0.6m)



measuring poverty


  • HOW ACTION FOR CHILDREN WORKS: Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, fostering and adoption, supporting disabled children, and by campaigning tirelessly to make life better for children and families. With over 550 services the charity improves the lives of more than 300,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year.