One in three Hull children living in poverty

The uprating of benefits has not been in line with inflation
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Three in ten children are living in poverty in Hull and northern Lincolnshire.

There were 45,280 Humberside children living in relative low income households in 2022/23, according to Department for Work and Pensions data. This includes 18,430 children in Hull, the highest number by authority area in Humberside, by virtue of population size.

Eight of Hull's 21 wards had over 1,000 children in poverty. The highest figures came from Orchard Park, 1,900, and St Andrew's and Docklands, 1,515. The Child Poverty Action Group has called for the removal of the two child limit to child benefit to be a commitment from all parties in the general election.

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Based on Office for National Statistics (ONS) population figures, there were 35 per cent of children living in poverty in Hull in 2021/22. This is lower than the previous three years.

North Lincolnshire had exactly three in ten children in relative low income households at the beginning of 2022, North East Lincolnshire 32 per cent, and East Riding 23 per cent.

The number of children in poverty in 2022/23 in three of the four Humberside local authority areas are up from the year before. The greatest increase, 617, was in North East Lincolnshire. East Riding saw a fall, down 64 to 9,694. In North Lincolnshire, there were 8,117 children in poverty in 2022/23.

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. Humberside areas have far from the severest proportions of children in poverty. Almost nine in ten children in Govanhill West, a neighbourhood in Glasgow, are growing up in poverty.

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," she said.

In autumn 2021, the government launched the Household Support Fund to support those most in need during that winter. This programme has continued since, though it is currently due to end on September 30. Councils distribute the funding. Its use is flexible, with the expectation it primarily helps households most in need, particularly those with children and pensioners who would otherwise struggle with energy and food bills.

East Riding Council is using its £2m latest Household Support Fund cash to make £200 pay-outs to households most in need of cost of living support.