Child poverty in Cornwall - worst areas MAPPED

More than one in three children in some parts of Cornwall are living in poverty. Two neighbourhoods in the county have higher than a third of all children living below the poverty line

The latest official government figures reveal that across the county more than 20,400 children aged up to 15 years were living below the breadline in 2022/23 - even before housing costs. This amounts to nearly 22 per cent - almost a quarter - of kids in Cornwall.
The number has been rising for several years and is up from around 16,800 (19 per cent) in 2014/15. However, at a hyperlocal level, the rate of child poverty is even more stark in some neighbourhoods in Cornwall.

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More than 36 per cent of all 0-15 year-olds living in Penzance Quay are growing up in poverty. That’s more than triple the figure for the area with the lowest rate in the county - just 10 per cent of kids in Shortlanesend, Chacewater and Carnon Downs are living below the breadline. We visited the Penzance Quay area when figures showed it to be the poorest neighbourhood in Cornwall, where people we met were working hard to support their community and provide opportunities. Read the full feature here.

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Nationally, 2.5 million 0-15 year olds across the UK were living in poverty in 2022/23, more than 20 per cent of all kids - up from 1.9 million in 2014/15 (16 per cent).

Shockingly, more than 88 per cent of all children living in Govanhill West, a neighbourhood in Glasgow, are growing up in poverty

Govanhill as a whole has long been recognised as one of Scotland's deprived communities, and nearly 1,150 of the 1,300 children in this particular neighbourhood are living below the breadline.
Meanwhile, the neighbourhood of Ayresome in Middlesbrough has the highest rate of child poverty in England, with around 84% of kids living in hardship.
Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group and vice-chair of the End Child Poverty Coalition, said: “In a general election year, nothing should be more important to our political leaders than making things better for the country’s poorest kids.
“But child poverty has reached a record high, with millions of kids now facing cold homes and empty tummies.
“We know that change is possible but we need to see a commitment from all parties to scrap the two child limit and increase child benefits.
“Anything less would be a betrayal of Britain’s children.”

Top 10 neighbourhoods in Cornwall with the highest rates of child poverty:


Neighbourhood - Child poverty rate
Penzance Quay - 36 per cent

Falmouth North - 35 per cent

Bodmin West - 30 per cent

Crackington & Tintagel - 30 per cent

Liskeard - 30 per cent

Camborne West - 29 per cent

Roche & Goss Moor - 29 per cent

Penzance North - 28 per cent

Launceston - 28 per cent

Pool & Illogan Highway - 28 per cent

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