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UNICEF Children of the recession: the impact of the economic crisis on child wellbeing in rich countries, 29/10/14 [E/NI/S/W]

This report ranks 41 countries in the OECD and the European Union according to whether levels of child poverty have increased or decreased since 2008. It also tracks the proportion of 15-24 year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). It shows that 2.6 million children have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008, bringing the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty to an estimated 76.5 million. UK findings include: Over a quarter of children in the UK live in poverty. Between 2008 and 2012, child poverty in the UK increased by 1.6% placing it 25th out of 41 rich countries, below Australia, Canada and Germany, with 25.6% of children in the UK living in poverty.

The percentage of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) in the UK rose from 12.1% in 2008 to 13.3% 2012, placing the UK 14th out of 41 on the league table, above the United States, Australia and Denmark.

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Children of the recession: the impact of the economic crisis on child wellbeing in rich countries