We will keep this page up to date with links to, and extracts from, recent reports and research on levels of deprivation in the UK and how deprivation affects children’s lives.

National Children’s Bureau, Greater Expectations Report 2013

“There is a real risk that our society is sleepwalking into a world where children grow up in a state of social apartheid, with poor children destined to experience hardship and disadvantage just by accident of birth, and their more affluent peers unaware of their existence.” “Today, although there have been some improvements, overall the situation appears to be no better, and in some respects has got worse.” The report finds that:

  • A child from a disadvantaged background is still far less likely to achieve a good level of development at four than a child from a more privileged home
  • Children living in deprived areas are much more likely to be the victim of an unintentional injury or accident in the home
  • Children from the poorest areas are nine times less likely than those living in affluent areas to have access to green space, places to play and to live in environments with better air quality
  • Boys living in deprived areas are three times more likely to be obese than boys growing up in affluent areas, and girls are twice as likely

If the UK emulated those European countries deemed the best to grow up in:

  • The deaths of 172 children through unintentional injuries alone could be prevented every year
  • 320,000 more 15- to 19-year-olds would be in education or training
  • Nearly 45,000 fewer 11-year-olds would be obese
Read the full report here

Institute for Fiscal Studies

The Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts 800,000 children will be pushed into poverty by 2020 because of recent changes in welfare, joining the 3.5 million who presently live in relative or absolute poverty.  Another 200,000 may join them if further planned cuts are implemented.

European league table of countries deemed the best countries to grow up in

In 2009 the University of York published a league table of European countries deemed the best countries to grow up in.  Commissioned by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), the project placed the UK 24th out of 29 countries.  The league table takes into account material wealth, education and behaviour. The Netherlands topped the table, followed by the Scandinavian states.  Ahead of the UK was Ireland, Germany and France, but also Poland, Hungary and Greece.  The only five nations ranked below the UK were Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta.

Read more here

Households Below Average Income (HBAI) statistical report by the Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 

The percentage of people living in households with an ‘absolute’ low income was 17 per cent (before housing costs) in 2011-12.  This is nearly a million higher than when the coalition government took office in 2010-11.