Child Poverty

Please note this page was updated in May 2021.

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Around 200,000 children are living in poverty in Greater Manchester. This page details the child poverty rate (after housing costs) in each Greater Manchester local authority and presents a map detailing ward level child poverty figures. Please note there are methodological differences between the local authority and ward level child poverty rates presented on this page.

Child poverty rate by borough

This table shows the percentage of children in households with an income 60% below the median (the main measure of poverty used in the UK) after housing costs, by Local Authority in Greater Manchester from 2014/15 to 2019/20. This data is based on End Child Poverty analysis of DWP calculations of poverty (hence the difference between this data and data shown in the map below). The data shows that the proportion of children in low-income households has increased across all but one (Trafford) of Greater Manchester boroughs over this period, with considerable variation across the conurbation.

Child poverty by Gm boro for GM Poverty Action


Percentage of children living in poverty by ward

The map shows the percentage of children living in poverty by ward in Greater Manchester, before and after housing costs, in 2019. The comparison of before and after housing costs shows that across all local authority areas, there is a higher proportion of children living in poverty after housing costs are taken into account, which suggests that housing costs contribute to child poverty levels. Manchester as a local authority has the highest levels of child poverty, at 40% before and 45% after housing costs. The ward with the lowest level of child poverty after housing costs is Worsley in Salford (13.4%), and the ward with the highest level of child poverty after housing costs is Werneth in Oldham, where two thirds of children are living in poverty (66.2%).


Child poverty and ethnicity

The importance of understanding the intersection between poverty and certain characteristics has been reinforced by the COVD-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected low-income households from certain backgrounds. There is limited data on poverty by ethnicity at a local level. GMPA has ranked ward level child poverty data against the proportion of people identifying as BAME in census data. This analysis suggests a correlation in Greater Manchester between the ethnic make of an area and the level of poverty. Areas with the highest BAME populations in Greater Manchester have the highest levels of child poverty. Fifteen out of the twenty wards with the largest BAME populations in the city region have a child poverty rate of over 50%.

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