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Children lacking everyday items

Key points

  • 32% of children in London are materially deprived compared with 22% in the rest of England.
  • The most common items lacked by low-income children in London were a week's holiday away from home (60%).

Low income children lacking items due to cost

What does this graph show?

The measure of material deprivation identifies families that lack multiple basic items for reasons of cost. Overall 32% of children in London are materially deprived compared with 22% in the rest of England. This is not solely because child poverty in London is higher. Even among the children in poverty, those in London are more likely to be materially deprived at 55% compared with 44% in the rest of England.

The graph lists some of the items that make up the material deprivation measure and shows the proportion of children in the poorest fifth of households that lack these items due to cost (to be defined as materially deprived a child must lack multiple items).

Of the 12 items, 3 were lacked by more than 20% of children in low-income families in London compared with 1 for children in the rest of England. The most common items lacked by low-income children in London were a week's holiday away from home (60%). But the biggest gap between London and the rest of England is in the lack of leisure equipment such as sports equipment or a bicycle, with 25% of children lacking in London compared with 12% in the rest of England.

Data used

Households Below Average Income, DWP

Indicator last updated: 15 October 2015