The Kent neighbourhoods where more than one in three children grow up in poverty

In some parts of Kent more than one in three children are growing up in poverty
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More than one in three children in some parts of Kent are living in poverty according to the latest figures.

The latest official government figures reveal that across the county, nearly 57,200 0-15-year-olds were living below the breadline in 2022/23, even before housing costs. While the number has fallen in the last few years, it is up from around 44,700 in 2014/15.

The proportion of children affected ranges from 11% in Tunbridge Wells, to 22% of kids in Thanet.

However, at a hyperlocal level, the rate of child poverty is even more stark in some neighbourhoods in Kent. See where yours ranks using our interactive map:

Nearly 34% of all 0-15-year-olds living in Dane Valley and Northdown Hill, a neighbourhood in Thanet, and a similar proportion in Folkestone Harbour, are growing up in poverty.

That’s nearly 10 times higher than the area with the lowest rate in the county - fewer than 4% of kids in Sevenoaks West and Chevening are living below the breadline.

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

Shockingly, more than 88% 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.

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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 Kent with the highest rates of child poverty

Neighbourhood - Local Authority - Child poverty rate

  • Dane Valley & Northdown Hill - Thanet - 34%

  • Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone and Hythe - 34%

  • Cliftonville West - Thanet - 33%

  • Luton - Medway - 32%

  • Buckland & St Radigunds - Dover - 31%

  • Dover West - Dover - 31%

  • Lydd & Dungeness - Folkestone and Hythe - 29%

  • Newington - Thanet - 27%

  • Ramsgate Harbour - Thanet - 26%

  • Sheerness East - Swale - 25%

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