What counts as child poverty in the UK? MoneySaving Poll Results


Poll started 23 November 2010: What counts as child poverty in the UK?

We're working with Save the Children on this, it's a tougher question than you think. The headline measure in the Child Poverty Act defines child poverty as those children in a household with under 60% of median average income. This is because some people argue that in developed countries, poverty is a relative condition. Others say no food, shelter or clothing is a better, absolute measure.

Please select ALL you think count as poverty


A child sharing a room with someone of different gender2,864 votes (27 %)
A child without their own bed8,018 votes (75 %)
A family income below £10,500 a year (50% of the average)4,462 votes (42 %)
A home with no heating8,071 votes (76 %)
A lack of food, shelter or clothing10,206 votes (96 %)
Family income below £12,700 a year (60% of the average)3,091 votes (29 %)
Kids that get free school meals1,573 votes (15 %)
Kids with fewer than two pairs of shoes2,214 votes (21 %)
No access to school trips (though often schools will subsidise)2,562 votes (24 %)
No annual holiday1,255 votes (12 %)
No laptop or internet access 1,004 votes (9 %)
No TV2,026 votes (19 %)
Parents canít afford to save £10+ a month for rainy days/retirement2,947 votes (28 %)
Parents regularly behind with paying household bills3,406 votes (32 %)

10,661 people have selected 53,699 options (percentages are the number who voted for that topic of the total people who have voted, so won't add up to 100%).

We try to use technology to limit voting to one per person. Occasionally, this may erroneously block a few people's votes (eg, from shared offices). Apologies for that.