What is child poverty in the UK? MoneySaving Poll Results

The Child Poverty Act currently defines children as in poverty if they’re in a household which earns under 60% of the average income. The government is now talking about making it more reflective of a child’s life.

Please select ALL you think count as poverty


A child sharing a room with someone of different gender2,174 votes (22 %)
A child who gets little/no time with parent/guardian3,538 votes (35 %)
A child without their own bed8,173 votes (81 %)
A home with no central heating2,421 votes (24 %)
A home with no heating at all8,754 votes (87 %)
A lack of food, shelter or clothing9,701 votes (96 %)
Family income below £13,000 a year (60% of median income)3,834 votes (38 %)
Family income below £5,000 a year7,477 votes (74 %)
Kids that get free school meals1,844 votes (18 %)
Kids with fewer than two pairs of shoes2,131 votes (21 %)
No access to school trips (though often schools will subsidise)2,897 votes (29 %)
No annual holiday982 votes (10 %)
No laptop or internet access1,057 votes (10 %)
No TV1,750 votes (17 %)
Parents can’t afford to save £10+ a month for rainy days/retirement3,281 votes (32 %)
Parents regularly behind with paying household bills3,435 votes (34 %)
Parents who are drug addicts3,948 votes (39 %)

10,110 people have selected 67,397 options (percentages are the number who voted for that topic of the total people who have voted, so won't add up to 100%).

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