ENYAN Drop in number of children living in workless households

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that as of March 2017 a total of 1,316,000 children under 16, which equates to 10.6 per cent of the age group, lived in a “workless household”.

This compares with 1,406,000 in March 2016 – 11.5 per cent of children under 16. As a result of the fall, the number is now the lowest level since comparable records began.

The statistics also show that there are currently 3,787,000 children (30.6 per cent) in “mixed households”, where one parent is working, and 7,256,000 (58.7 per cent) in households where both parents are working.

The statistics add to a complex picture on factors affecting child poverty.

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