Almost one million children in 'food insecure' households

More than one in four children across the UK are living in poverty, with almost one million living in “food insecure” households – and the situation is set to worsen as inflation soars.

New household income figures have been published by the government covering the April 2020 to March 2021 period.

They show that the number of children living in relative poverty after housing costs in the UK stands at 3.9 million, down by 400,000 on the previous 4.3 million figure (DWP, 2022).

The new figure represents 27% of the UK’s children and compares to the 3.6 million children who were living in poverty in 2010/11.

Furthermore, the latest figures show that 22% of those living in poverty – around 900,000 children and young people – are in a household classified as “food insecure”.

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