Children from Muslim families are much more likely than the
general population to be living in poverty, according to the latest
information from the census.
More than two million children out of a total of 1.7 million
live in households where there are no adults in work, but more than
one in three children from Muslim families are living in workless
Muslim children are also much more likely than others to live in
overcrowded homes (42 per cent compared to 12 per cent in the
Although high-rise accommodation causes many problems for
families with babies, the census revealed that more than 58,000
children under age two live in homes on the second floor or above,
and more than 11,000 live on the fifth floor or above.
There are 11.7 million dependent children in England and Wales.
Just under one in three households include dependent children, and
one in nine has a child under age five. Most children in England
and Wales still live with both natural parents, though one in four
lives in a lone parent family and one in ten now lives in a
149,000 children under 18 are providing unpaid care for someone
else within their family. www.ons.gov.uk