Poverty figures: what they do and don’t say

Date Posted: 25 June 2015

While today’s figures tell us there has not been a statistically significant decrease in child poverty levels, they also make it pretty clear that the government is significantly off track when it comes to fulfilling its commitment to end child poverty by 2020.

Child poverty remained static in 2013/14 for the fourth year in a row. 3.7 million children (on the after housing costs indicator) are still living in poverty. That’s 27 per cent of all children, or nine children in classroom of 30.