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Child poverty in London

Children in London are more likely to grow up in poverty than children elsewhere in the UK. In fact, 37% of London's children (that's 700,000 children) live in poverty after housing costs are taken into account. London has the highest rate of child poverty of any English region, and there are as many poor children in London as in all of Scotland and Wales.

Trust for London has funded CPAG's London Campaign Manager post for three years to work across the voluntary sector and with politicians at local, regional, and national level, towards a London where no child experiences poverty. To find out more about our work get in touch with Alice Woudhuysen: awoudhuysen@cpag.org.uk 

Read key facts about child poverty in London

Briefings and reports

Worse off: The impact of universal credit on families in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of child poverty in the UK: 57 per cent, after housing costs are taken into account. In 2017, Tower Hamlets became one of the first boroughs in London to become a universal credit ‘full service’ area. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets commissioned CPAG to research the experiences of families with children in receipt of universal credit.

Child Poverty in London: borough briefings

Using Trust for London's Poverty Profile and End Child Poverty's 2018 data, we have put together briefings covering low pay, employment, housing, education, council tax support and crisis management, with ward level and borough specific data for all boroughs, as well as comparison tables.

Parliamentary briefing: child poverty in London, February 2018

On Thursday 22nd February, MPs will debate ‘Child Poverty in London’ in parliament. We have produced a briefing for MPs, incorporating the latest End Child Poverty statistics, released in early 2018, and the latest CPAG research.

News and blogs

Worse off: The impact of universal credit on families in Tower Hamlets

16 October 2019
We know about the many design problems with universal credit, but what about the impact it has had on families? CPAG and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have published a new report revealing the experiences of families with children on universal credit in Tower Hamlets, as well as the impact universal credit has had on the local authority and others in the borough. Alice Woudhuysen, author of the report, highlights its key findings.

Understand poverty by talking to all of the experts

10 October 2019
This week sees the UN day for the Eradication of Poverty and London Challenge Poverty Week. One of the events to mark this is the launch of a new study to understand poverty in all its forms in the UK. This blog sets out the key findings only – please check out the full report. The phrase ending poverty in all its forms comes from the Sustainable Development Goals.

Hearing from people with lived experience of poverty

23 May 2019
Yesterday the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights shared his final report on poverty in the UK with the UK Government. While it paints a very bleak picture of poverty in the UK – something it says is ‘obvious to anyone who opens their eyes’ – the silver lining is that ‘many of the problems could readily be solved if the Government were to listen to people experiencing poverty, the voluntary sector and local authorities.’

London Child Poverty Alliance

Child Poverty Action Group provide the secretariat for the London Child Poverty Alliance. The LCPA is a coalition of charities committed to tackling the high levels of poverty in the capital.

We are grateful to Trust for London for funding our London campaign. 

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