This is the number of children aged 0-19 living in families in receipt of child tax credit whose reported income is less than 60 per cent of the median income or in receipt of income support or (Income-Based) Job Seeker's Allowance, expressed as a percentage of the total number of children in the area (determined by Child Benefit data). Previously reported as NI 116, this measure provides a broad proxy for relative low-income child poverty as set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010, and enables analysis at a local level.
The figure reported is a snapshot as at August each year and is based on Administrative data sources on benefits and tax credits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Her Majesty?s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
This measure provides a broad proxy for relative low-income child poverty it can be used to explore variations in low income across the UK, however, it should not be used to obtain a definitive measure of children in low income in any given area. The definitive measure of the number of children in low-income families at national level, used for targets in the Child Poverty Act 2010, is contained in the DWP Households Below Average Income (HBAI) publication report.
All data are rounded to the nearest 5 units, so aggregating the individual estimates may not sum to the given totals for an area.