More than half of UK’s black children live in poverty, analysis shows.

More than half of black children in the UK are now growing up in poverty, a new analysis of official data has revealed.

Black children are also now more than twice as likely to be growing up poor as white children, according to the research, which was based on government figures for households that have a “relative low income” – defined as being below 60% of the median, the standard definition for poverty.

The research also found that over the last decade the total number of black children in poor households more than doubled – although that increase is partly explained by the overall size of the cohort increasing too. The proportion of black children living in poverty went up from 42% in 2010-11 to 53% in 2019-20, the most recent year for which the data is available.

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