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Areas included: Surrey, Surrey LAs.

Latest data included: low-income 2019/20, UC Aug 21, FSM 2020/21.

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


Summary

(LA summaries are below)

The latest estimate for the number of Surrey children in absolute low-income families is 20,876 for 2019/20. These figures do not include the pandemic. Absolute low-income is defined as families with equivalised income which is less than 60 per cent of the median income adjusted for inflation; it considers income from earnings, state support and pensions before housing costs. Most of the Surrey children in low-income families, three in four, are from families with at least one working adult (15,714).


The number of Surrey children in absolute low-income families in 2019/20

The latest household Universal Credit data is from August 2021 which shows 49,671 households in Surrey claimed Universal Credit (consisting of 60,506 individual claimants). Just under half (44%) of Surrey households who were on Universal Credit in August 2021 had children in their households - representing 21,739 households. Just under two thirds were ‘single’ and so only had one adult in the household.

The number of Surrey households on Universal Credit with children had been steadily increasing since 2018[KH1] . The number of households on Universal Credit with children rose from 10,413 in February 2020 to 17,619 in April 2020, amounting to an increase of around 70 per cent in the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although growth has slowed since the start of the pandemic, the number of households with children on Universal Credit have continued to increase throughout 2020 and 2021.   

 

The number of households with children on Universal Credit in Surrey

Free School Meals statistics are collected annually for state-funded schools (including academies) but do not represent every pupil in Surrey as around 20 per cent are in independent schools.

Nonetheless, over one in ten pupils in state-funded schools were eligible for Free School Meals in 2020/21. Of the 17,999 state-funded school pupils eligible for FSM in 2020/21, 26 per cent (4,901 pupils) had become eligible since the 23rd March 2020.

The percentage of state-funded primary and secondary school pupils in Surrey has been increasing since 2017/18.

 

The number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals in Surrey by school type

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