Monitoring child poverty in London
“It is reasonable to ask how can a city which has generated 620,000 jobs in the last ten years have a child poverty rate of 39 per cent?”, asks Carey Oppenheim, Chair of the London Child Poverty Commission in the foreword to Monitoring Child Poverty in London.
This report, the first publication by the Commission, presents 15 indicators that will be used to monitor annual changes in child poverty in the capital in comparison to national figures.
The overall story is one of high levels of income and employment deprivation in London, particularly affecting families with children, with initial improvements in the late 1990s but little indication of any consistent progress since 2000.
Increases in overcrowding and the number of families in temporary accommodation adversely affect education, employment and the development of social networks. On the other hand, educational attainment, life expectancy at birth, material deprivation and teenage pregnancies show improvement. However there also large differences within London, as maps in this publication show. For instance, a man living in Bethnal Green North Ward in Tower Hamlets is expected to live 16 years less than a man living in Courtfield ward in Kensington and Chelsea.
London's high levels of child poverty are out of place alongside the capital's dynamic economic success. This report highlights the importance of the challenge facing the Commission.
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