Children living in benefit-dependent households

Children living in benefit-dependent households in post-industrial regions, 1995-2007

benefit dependent - post in regionsClick on graph to enlarge

Of the three regions, Merseyside had the highest percentage of children with benefit-dependent parents (28% in 2005-07). The figure for Glasgow and Clyde Valley was similar to Greater Manchester’s (24.1% compared to 23.9%). The relative position of the three regions remained unchanged between 1995 and 2007.


Benefit dependent households are defined as the percentage of children aged 0-19 whose parent claimed a key benefit.

The data and charts are taken from Poverty, parenting and poor health: comparing early years’ experiences in Scotland, England and three city regions, published in 2013 by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.