Nottingham child poverty more than doubles in four years

Money-imagenewNearly 40 per cent of children in Nottingham are living in poverty according to recent findings by The Campaign to End Child Poverty.

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The new figures published on Wednesday provide an overview of child poverty in the country and reveal a wide disparity in poverty rates across the whole of the UK.

Out of the top 20 local authorities listed by researchers, Nottingham was ranked thirteenth with 36 per cent of the area’s children currently living in poverty- more than double the previous total in 2010.

Seven of the top ten areas which had high percentages of child poverty were in London, with Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester the only northern cities at the top of the list.

Tower Hamlets ranked first out of the top 20 local authorities with 49 per cent of children living in poverty, with Hackney and Newham following as second and third with child poverty rates of 41 per cent each.

Children in Nottingham were ranked worse off than those living in Oldham and Middlesbrough, as well as Lambeth and Lewisham, with a percentage higher than the national average of 20 per cent.

In 2010 there were 17.1 per cent of children considered to be living in poverty in Nottinghamshire, meaning there has been a significant increase in under four years.

On average nearly one in six children in the UK are classified as living below the poverty line before housing costs and one in four children are in poverty once housings costs have been deducted from their income.

The Government plans to reduce child poverty to a series of targets across measures they have set by 2020 and will publish a child poverty strategy explaining how it will do this every three years.

Polls produced by The Campaign to End Child Poverty last year shows the public believe Government action on the issue of child poverty is falling short.

Figures show 82 per cent of people think that child poverty should be a priority for any government to tackle, but 64 per cent believe the Government should be doing more in this area.

The Campaign to End Child Poverty is made up of more than 150 organisations including children’s charities, social justice groups and trade unions, and hopes to achieve a country free of child poverty.

Campaign chairman David Holmes said: “These figures reveal just how widely and deeply child poverty reaches into our communities.

“Poverty ruins childhoods and reduces life chance, we can and must do better for our children.”

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