CPAG publishes cost of child poverty in every local authority and constituency

July 18, 2013

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has today published estimates of the costs to the economy and government generated by child poverty rates in every local authority and constituency in the UK.

The local authority estimates, produced by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University, have been produced as part of wider work by CPAG to support local authorities tackle child poverty at a time of social security cuts and upheaval.

Both local authority and constituency breakdowns of costs are contained in a separate spread sheet attached to the email distribution of this release.

Commenting on the local costs of child poverty in Scotland, John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland, said:

“The good news is that reducing child poverty benefits everyone by cutting the costs to local authority services and boosting the local economy, but many people will be shocked to hear that so many children in every local area in Scotland are living in poverty.

It is therefore vital that local authorities do all within their powers to protect families in their area against poverty by, for example, removing childcare barriers to work, ensuring families have access to benefits and tax credits advice and investing in reducing the costs families face by extending free school meals and increasing school clothing grants.

We hope that local campaigners will be able to use these figures to encourage their local councillors to do more to end child poverty in their area and support those families facing the greatest hardship.”

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For further details and interviews please contact John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland, on 0141 552 3656 or 07795 340 618.

Notes to Editors

  • The figures were calculated from a UK national figure of £29 billion a year and are based on the population size and child poverty rate within each local authority area. The full national costs are made up of:
    • £15 billion spent on services to deal with consequences of child poverty
    • £3½ billion lost in tax receipts from people earning less as a result of having grown up in poverty
    • £2 billion spent on benefits for people spending more time out of work as a result of having grown up in poverty
    • £8½ billion lost to individuals in net earnings (after paying tax)
    • Full details of the national research, from which the local figures have been calculated, can be found here.
  • Child Poverty Action Group is holding a conference for local authorities in England today in Birmingham (18 July 2013). The conference, and the new report based on the experience of local authorities in England, is to aid local authorities in developing local child poverty strategies to meet the need generated by social security cuts and reforms, and to look at the opportunities they have to make progress on poverty prevention and reduction.
  • A spreadsheet with local cost figures broken down by local authorities and constituencies and a PDF of the report, are to the right of this page.