The Yorkshire area where three in four children live in poverty as every district mapped

Child poverty has risen across the UK
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Child poverty in the Britain is on the rise, with more than 20% of all kids living in poverty.

This includes Yorkshire, in which a number of areas have more than half of all children growing up in and living in poverty. Across Britain, nearly nine in ten children in some areas are living in poverty.

Official government figures reveal than in the UK, 2.5 million 0-15 year-olds were living in poverty in 2022-2023, even before housing costs. This number is up from 1.9 million in 2014-2015, or 16%, and has been rising year-on-year.

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Local figures range from just 5% of children in Richmond, London, to 43% of children in Pendle, Lancashire. However, at the neighbourhood level, this figure is even higher in some places.

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In Ayresome, Middlesbrough, 83.6% of children were living in poverty, compared to 31.7% in the rest of the city, which is already above average. This is the highest rate in all of England.

Harehills South in Leeds has 74.4% of children living in poverty compared with 21.6% across the city.

Girlington in Bradford has 66.2% of all children living in poverty, compared to 36.2% across the city of Bradford. These mark the three worst neighbourhoods in Yorkshire, and you can find out what the rate is in your area using the interactive map below.

Nationally, more than 88% of all 0-15 year-olds in Govanhill West, Glasgow, were growing up in poverty, meaning more than 1,150 out of the 1,300 children in the neighbourhood were living 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.

"Anything less would be a betrayal of Britain’s children."