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Almost 3 million children from working families living in poverty

BBC News are reporting (April 2019) that official figures show that a record 2.9m children from working families in the UK are living in poverty after housing costs have been paid.

This means 70% of all poor children were in working families last year, up from 67% on the previous year.

There are a total of 4.1m children living in relative poverty (after housing costs). The face of child poverty is also getting younger with 53% of poor children aged under five.

The high cost of housing and a lack of social housing is adding to the problem, with calculations by the National Housing Federation showing that nearly a third more children - or 193,000 - are now living in such meagre circumstances because of spiralling rents and mortgage costs, compared with 2010.