28 Aug 2013

Our response to new Office for National Statistics figures on the number of children in working households

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) today announced that in 2013, there were around 1.6 million children aged 0 to 15 living in workless households, representing a fall of 159,000 between 2012 and 2013. This continues a general decline in the number and percentage of children in workless households since 1996, the ONS reports.

Two-thirds of children in poverty are in working families

Lily Caprani, Campaigns, Communications & Policy Director of The Children’s Society, said:

'A significant drop in the number of children living in workless households is good news. But, as we know from our work up and down the country, it is deeply concerning that for far too many families a move into work is sadly not a move out of poverty. 

'Two-thirds of children now living in poverty are in working families – a quarter of a million more compared to 15 years ago. The government clearly must do much, much more to support low-income working families. This includes making sure that they do not miss out on extra vital help such as child care and that they are entitled to free school meals.'


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Notes to editors

  • 3.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty
  • Six in 10 children living in poverty are in low-income working families.
  • Free school meals are a vital way to help move children out of poverty. There are 700,000 children living in poverty not entitled to this vital support because their parents work.
  • We want to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.