Child poverty

There are an estimated 4 million children living in poverty in the UK – that’s 30% of all children. Projections indicate that this number may rise to as much as 5 million by the end of the decade, yet national targets to reduce child poverty have been abolished.

State of Child Health is our landmark report into the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK, which looks at the evidence on child health outcomes and data trends. Published before the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, we updated data where available in spring 2021.

Keep the lifeline - email your MP to say don't plunge another 200,000 children in to poverty

The UK Government have recently confirmed they intend to cut Universal Credit payments, which were raised by £20 per week at the start of the pandemic, to pre-March 2020 levels at the end of September.

Life is even harder for families who were struggling before COVID-19, and so alongside other charities we're calling on the Government to see the uplift made permanent. As a member, can you help us?

News on child poverty and health inequalities

Michael Egan, Money Advice Caseworker at Citizens Advice St. Helens, provides information on the range of practical support available for families living in poverty.

Josephine Tucker at Child Poverty Action Group writes about how poverty can affect child health and what we as health professionals can do.
"Make it ok for people to tell you what is happening if they are struggling..." Children, young people and their families tell us what it is like to live in poverty.
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"We cannot expect to have a healthy future for the UK if we leave children behind. Poverty makes children sick." Child health professionals tell us their views.