Children in absolute low-income families

Profile of a child reading a book

A household must have claimed Child Benefit and at least one other household benefit (Universal Credit, tax credits or Housing Benefit) at any point in the year to be classed as low income in these statistics. These figures will present a percentage of all children (aged 0-19) who live in one of these households. Absolute low income measures families in low income based on what low income looked like in financial year ending 2011. Income is Before Housing Costs (BHC) and is equivalised to adjust for family size and composition.