There are 10,605 children living in families in poverty in the Borough. The number and proportion of overall children has been decreasing since 2008, however the number of children aged under-5 living in poverty is increasing.
The highest concentrations of child poverty are centred around the Stockbridge (47.8%), Page Moss (46.7%) and Longview (40.4%) wards in Huyton, and the Northwood (48.9%) and Whitefield (40.5%) wards in Kirkby. There are also pockets of high child poverty in Halewood, Prescot and Cherryfield.
Children living in household with out-of-work parents are most likely to experience poverty, and 23% of children aged under-16 in the Borough live in a workless household.
There remains a qualifications gap in Knowsley, which represents a significant barrier to employment with 35.4% of young people achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs (incl. English and maths) compared to a national rate of 53.4%. However, the attainment gap with the England average for children eligible for free school meals is close to that of children not eligible for free school meals.
There also remains a skills gap across all qualification levels for adults in the Borough meaning parents are less able to take up higher paid work.
Knowsley (29.8%) has the second highest proportion of children in poverty in the City Region, and is 11.2% points higher than the national rate of 18.6%
There are 1,490 fewer children living in poverty in Knowsley compared to 2008 (a 12.3% fall). However, it is important to note here that national median income has also fallen since 2008/09 from £478 per week, to £453 per week in 2013/14. This means the 60% median threshold has dropped from £287 per week, to £272 per week in this period.
The majority of children in poverty (8,355) live in single parent families (79%), this is higher than the England proportion (70%, and the City Region proportion (76%).
A higher proportion of children living in poverty in Knowsley (91%) live in households claiming Income Support (IS) or Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) compared to the England average of 84%, and the City Region rate of 89%.
The full JSNA report can be found here: Child and Family Poverty JSNA FINAL
Published: July 2015