This page includes a dashboard which summarises various statistics such as children in low income families, households on Universal Credit with children, and Free School Meal eligibility in Surrey. This dashboard was created by the Population Insight Team at Surrey County Council to provide a Surrey level summary and the ability for you to select your desired area (District and Borough, Ward, or LSOA) for a more focused summary.

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Highlights:

(May 2024 update)

Children in absolute low income:

  • As of 2022/23, just fewer than 1 in every 10 Surrey children were living in absolute low income households (previously referred to as 'children in poverty'). This represents 19,967 children in Surrey.
  • The proportion of children in low income households is lower in Surrey (8.6%) than in the South East (13.3%) and England (19.4%).
  • Child poverty exists in Surrey in both working and non-working households. Almost 7 in every 10 children who live in absolute low income households have at least one adult in the household who is in employment.
  • As of 2022/23, there were more children in poverty having a lone parent than those in a household with at least two adults. The total number of children in low income and in lone parent families increased by 1,533 between 2021/22 and 2022/23.

Households on Universal Credit with children

  • As of February 2024, 26,191 households in Surrey were on Universal Credit and included children; this has increased by 9.7 per cent over the last year.
  • Over the last two years, the number of single parent households on Universal Credit has risen by 31 per cent, while the number of households on Universal Credit with children and an adult couple has risen by 10 per cent.

Children eligible for free school meals

  • During the 2022/23 school year, there were 22,715 pupils in state-funded schools in Surrey known to be eligible for free school meals.
  • The percentage of children in Surrey schools who were eligible for free school meals has nearly doubled in the last five years from 7.2 per cent in 2017/18 to 13.9 per cent in 2022/23.
  • Rates are higher in certain schools: 62.2 per cent of pupils in state-funded Alternative Provision ('AP') schools were eligible for free school meals and 35.1 per cent in special schools. This is compared to less than 15 per cent of pupils eligible for free school meals in state-funded primary and secondary schools.


A summary of low income and unemployment in Surrey which is not focused on children can be found on Surrey-i here.

A summary of pensioners in poverty in Surrey can be found on Surrey-i here.

A summary on fuel poverty in Surrey can be found on Surrey-i here.

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