In the Eye of the Storm: Britain's Forgotten Children and Families - a Research Report for Action for Children, The Children’s Society and NSPCC (Executive Summary)

The impact of the current recession on the most vulnerable children is too rarely considered. It is for this reason that three leading children’s charities, Action for Children, the Children’s Society and the NSPCC commissioned Landman Economics to estimate the number of vulnerable children and families in Britain.

The research set out to:

- measure the number of families with children in Britain who are most vulnerable to adverse economic conditions, using a number of different definitions of ‘vulnerability’

- estimate how these families will be affected over the next few years by the changes to tax and benefits, cuts to public services and the on-going effects of the post-2008 economic downturn.

The resulting evidence shows that the number of vulnerable families with children is often understated and on whatever definition that their number will grow substantially in coming years.

There is no one way of measuring vulnerability, so this new research draws on the available data to calculate the number of vulnerable children and families living in a wide range of circumstances, including:

Worklessness – no parent in the family is in work;

Housing – the family lives in poor quality and/or overcrowded housing;

Qualifications – no parent in the family has any academic or vocational qualifications;

Mental health – the mother has mental health problems;

Illness/disability – at least one parent has a limiting long-standing illness, disability or infirmity;

Low income – the family has low income (below 60% of the median);

Material deprivation – the family cannot afford a number of food and clothing items.

 

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