Poole child poverty needs assessment


The Child Poverty Act 2010 meant each local authority has a statutory duty to prepare and publish a needs assessment of children living in poverty in their area.

The purpose of this needs assessment is to inform a clear set of priorities and actions, which will shape strategies and services locally, to reduce child poverty and mitigate its impact.

The needs assessment report highlights:

  • key findings
  • what is child poverty and why must it be a priority for Poole
  • the extent and nature of child poverty in Poole
  • the impact of child poverty on children in Poole
  • the drivers of child poverty in Poole 

Key findings

There is strong evidence that growing up in poverty can influence every area of a child's development, social, educational and personal.

Child poverty in Poole is exacerbated by two factors. Poole is a relatively low wage economy, partly due to the above average employment in the industrial sector. Poole's median household income is 96% of the GB national average. Additionally. Poole has housing costs which are 25% higher than the national average.

17% (just under 5,000) of children and young people in Poole lived in poverty in 2008.   

Three quarters of children living in poverty in Poole, lived in non-working families claiming income support or job seekers allowance, compared to a quarter living in low-income working families.

Contact us


01202 633306

Corporate Research Team
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 25 April 2019
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