The number of children living in poor households fell by half a
million or about 15 per cent in the four years from 1998-9
according to government figures.
In 2001-2 there were 2.7 million children living in households
with below 60 per cent of median household income before housing
costs, and 3.8 million on median income after housing costs. Five
years before the figure was 3.2 million.
Children are more at risk of poverty than adults. Those in lone
parent families, in couple families where parents work only part
time, in families with three or more children and with a mother
aged 24 or under are most likely to live in low income
Among working aged adults relative poverty has barely changed,
falling from 4.9 million to 4.8 million over the same five-year
period. The number of pensioners living in relative poverty rose
from 2.1 to 2.2 million.
– The report Households below Average Income – 1994/5
to 2001/02 is available at