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Number of children in poverty in 2019-20, and change in child poverty

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As indicated above, 761,000 children were living in poverty in 2019-20.
316,000 children were in poverty in 2019-20, more than three times the poverty rate for children in couple families.
Most children in poverty were in couple families (431,000 children) rather than sole parent families (316,000 children).
Poverty among children fell substantially, by 245,000 children, when COVID income supports were introduced.
Surprisingly, the decline in child poverty in sole parent families was only small (3,000 children) compared with the large reduction in couple families with children (211,000 children).

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