UK Child Poverty is getting worse

The number of children living in poverty in the UK has jumped by 200,000 in a year, according to the latest official data.

There were 3.9 million children living in “relative poverty” in 2014-15, up from 3.7 million a year earlier, the figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.

It was the first increase, when housing costs were included, since 2011-12. An individual is considered to be in relative poverty if their household income is less than 60% of median income.

Two-thirds of children in poverty are living in households where at least one adult is in work.

Number of UK children living in poverty jumps by 200,000 in a year