Skip to main content

Northamptonshire Analysis
The authority on Northamptonshire statistics

Child Poverty Update

07 December 2018

Two datasets were released this week providing different overviews of Child Poverty.   The key indicators from both are now available within the following two dataviews on Northamptonshire Analysis :
Children in Out of Work Benefit Households (latest release - data as at 31 May 2017). This data includes Universal Credit.
Children in Low-Income Families (latest release - data as at 31 August 2016). This data excludes Universal Credit.

In 2017, 13.5% of children aged 0-15 across England lived in Out-Of-Work Benefit Households (OoWBHs). This dataset is not available at county level and is rounded at source so cannot be aggregated.   However, amongst the county's boroughs and districts, just Corby (15.0%) and Wellingborough (14.0%) have higher percentages than the England average. The proportion of children aged 0-15 in OoWBHs has been decreasing across the county over the last six years, with the greatest %-point decrease occurring in Northampton.   After being above the England average from 2011 to 2015, Northampton with a proportion of 12.8% in 2017, has been below the England average for the last two years.

Nationally and locally, the highest proportions of children in OoWBHs are found amongst the 0-4 year old age group.

There are seven LSOA small area geographies in Northamptonshire where more than a third of children aged 0-15 live in Out-of-Work Benefit Households ... two apiece in Corby and Wellingborough and one in each of East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Northampton.   The highest proportion (40.1%) is found in LSOA Corby 006G (part of Kingswood).

The Children in Low Income Families (CiLIFs) data has a longer lead-in time, so the latest release refers to 2016.   It should also be noted that this dataset is affected by national policy changes - it currently excludes families receiving Universal Credit and the High Income Child Benefit Charge has impacted upon the denominator used for the calculation (see metadata for more information).   This year HMRC have released a second calculation using an alternative population base for comparison purposes. The following comments concentrate on the original indicator.

Across Northamptonshire, 13.6% of children aged 0-15 years live in Low-Income Families.   The proportion ranges from 17.3% in Corby to just 6.1% in South Northamptonshire.   Only Corby is above the England average of 17.0%.   In 2015 all of the county's boroughs and districts logged the lowest rate of the last decade.   Against this low, in 2016 the proportion of children in LiFs has increased in five of the boroughs and districts and has decreased further in East Northamptonshire and Northampton.   HMRC explains that the national increase between 2015 and 2016 is due to the combination of an increase in children in families earning less than the derived 60% of the median income (the threshold has increased), and a decline of children in families in receipt of out-of-work benefits (remember UC is excluded).

There are 15 LSOA small geographies in the county where more than a third of children live in Low-Income Families. 5 of these are in Northampton, 4 in Wellingborough and 2 apiece in Kettering, East Northamptonshire and Corby. The highest proportion (41.5%) is found in LSOA Kettering 005D (around Kathleen Drive and Washington Square).

The DWP and HMRC intend to combine the two publications for an improved joint release in 2019.

Accessibility  ·  Site Map  ·  Contact Us  ·  Legal  ·  Feedback  ·  About  · 
* * * *

InstantAtlas™ Server (IAS) v6.6.0