Over a third of children in Manchester, Middlesbrough, Belfast and Glasgow are thought to live in poverty, according to data.
End Child Poverty also pointed to six London boroughs, including Tower Hamlets and Westminster, as being rated in the 20 worst areas for poverty.
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