Child poverty has risen most sharply in parts of the Midlands and Northern towns and cities in the past four years, according to research published by the End Child Poverty coalition.
The data, published on Wednesday, shows the scale of the challenge faced by government if it is to realise its ambition to build back better and level up opportunities for children across the UK.
It shows that:
- More than half of children in some constituencies are living in poverty after housing costs are factored in.
- The highest rates of child poverty are in London and Birmingham
- The sharpest increases have been in the Midlands and northern cities