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Child Poverty

Poverty - the facts

There are 444,000 children in Northern Ireland 103,400 of these children live in poverty - this figure is likely to rise with the implementation of Universal Credit.

The majority (61%) live in households with at least one parent who is working.

That is almost 1 in every 4 children in Northern Ireland living in a family which struggles to provide for their basic needs, providing a warm, adequate home, nutritious food, appropriate clothing and pay for childcare costs. Children whose parents often have to get into debt to pay to make ends meet and do not have the means to save money for unexpected costs or family outings.

Children in poverty are twice as likely to leave school without 5 good GCSEs. They are also more likely to suffer poor mental health and have fewer years of good physical health. 

Child poverty is not inevitable. It is important to recognise the success of government policy in reducing pensioner poverty. If Government create and put the right policies in place, child poverty can be eradicated.

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Policy Paper

Other organisations working to end child poverty

Its not just NICCY who think it is time Government takes action to tackle child poverty. Many organisations across Northern Ireland work to help families on low incomes, and to advocate for change.

Barnardo’s Northern Ireland

Barnardo’s NI works for children first and last. In over 100 years we have helped improve the lives and opportunities of tens of thousands of children in communities across Northern Ireland. We work wherever children need us most.

Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI)

CiNI is the regional umbrella organisation for the Children’s sector in Northern Ireland. They are currently working on a campaign to end hunger during holiday times for children on free school meals.

Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland (CHNI)

Employers for Childcare

Employers For Childcare aims to make it easier for parents with dependent children to get into work and to stay in work. They provide a Family Benefits Advice Service, carry out research and lobbying, and work with employers to promote the use of family friendly working policies.

Include Youth

Include Youth is a regional rights based charity for young people in or leaving care, from disadvantaged communities or whose rights are not being met to improve their employability and personal development. We provide direct services to young people who are not in education, employment or training and influence public policy in the areas of youth justice and employment.

Law Centre

Law Centre (NI) provides specialist legal support to organisations and disadvantaged individuals. They are currently monitoring and providing advice on the impact of welfare changes.

Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR)

PPR supports marginalised people to assert their rights in practical ways and make real social and economic change in their communities. Currently they are working a lot on Welfare reform.

Reclaim the Agenda

Reclaim the Agenda is a collective of women sector representatives and who campaign on 6 key themes; freedom from poverty, freedom from discrimination, healthcare, freedom from violence and abuse, equal representation in decision making and affordable, quality childcare.

Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA)

WRDA’s vision is of a fair and equal society where women are empowered and are a visible force for change and influence in all areas of life. They carry our leadership and skills training, policy work and lobbying and other support for their members to address gender inequality.


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