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Child poverty rates before housing costs

Source: The Institute of Fiscal Studies: Living Standards, poverty and inequality in the UK

DOI: 10.1920/re.ifs.2019.0157


  • The chart shows the percentage of children living on less than 60% of the contemporary median income, before housing costs (BHC) are deducted, for the period from 1961 to 2018-19.
  • The data refers to Great Britain between 1961 and 2001-02, and the United Kingdom from 2002-03 onwards.
  • All statistics are based on the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) calculations using the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) (1961 to 1993 inclusive), and the Family Resources Survey (FRS) thereafter (1994-95 to 2018-19).

For further detail on methodology access the full IFS report