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New report reveals extent of child poverty in east and west Cumbria

A new report reveals that 635 children are living in poverty in Carlisle and Eden alone.

The research, released today for a period in “mid 2012”, was compiled by the Campaign to End Child Poverty.

The group is made up of more than 150 organisations nationwide, and aims to highlight the scale of poverty affecting families across the country.

In Carlisle there were 3,468 children, of which 16 per cent – or 555 – were classified as being in poverty.

This was stark contrast to Eden, where only 80 of the 885 children – or nine per cent – were classed as in poverty.

The figure for the west of Cumbria is not much different to that in the north – 16 per cent of children in Allerdale (503) and 18 per cent of those living in Copeland (445).

The campaign reveals the worst affected constituency in the UK is Manchester Central, where 47 per cent of children are living in poverty, just ahead of Belfast West and Glasgow North East where the figure is 43 per cent.

Paul Wilcox, assistant director of Barnardo’s North West, said: “These figures show many families across the north west are living in poverty, and their life chances risk being compromised by our nation’s failure to tackle child poverty effectively. Barnardo’s 101 services across the north west work with families in some of the most deprived areas of the UK, and the grim reality is that many families are experiencing vicious cycles of debt and facing impossible choices between heating homes and eating hot meals.”

Mr Wilcox urged the Government to “act now” and provide practical help to those people most urgently in need.

Enver Solomon, chair of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, said: “Far too many children, whose parents are struggling to make a living, are having to go hungry and miss out on the essentials of a decent childhood that all young people should be entitled to.

“We’re calling on authorities to prioritise low income families in the decisions they make about local welfare spending, including spending on the new council tax benefit, and on protecting families hit by the bedroom tax.”

Have your say

Spend less money on fake tans and going to the gym to look like TOWIE rejects and feed your children. It is a parents first priority in life to look after their children, not the State, NHS, social services, housing or education. If you cannot afford to have children then don't have them 'til you can. I don't own a house in the South of France or a yacht as I cannot fund them but I don't expect someone else to fork out for them just because I can fill in a benefit application.

Posted by Johnstitch on 2 March 2013 at 10:34

let hope africa got some good rock bands

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