Child poverty research reveals worst areas
A study mapping child poverty across the UK has exposed the most deprived areas, as campaigners forecast an ‘economic and a social disaster’ if families’ incomes are cut.
The Campaign to End Child Poverty found Tower Hamlets in London to be the worst area, with more than half of children there living in poverty. The UK average is one in five.
Of the ten worst local authority areas, six were in London, and of the worst parliamentary constituencies, five were in the capital.
Prime minister David Cameron’s Witney constituency and deputy prime minster Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam constituency were both within the 20 least affected areas.
The report said 89 constituencies already meet the government’s headline target for 2020 by having child poverty rates of 10 per cent or lower.
Alison Garnham, executive director of CECP, said: ‘Child poverty costs us billions picking up the pieces of damaged lives and unrealised potential, so it’s a false economy if we don’t prioritise looking after children today.
‘Targeting cuts on families will prove both an economic and a social disaster, with businesses losing billions of pounds of demand and families struggling to keep their kids clothed, fed and warm.’
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned that child poverty will rise by 400,000 children by 2015 unless the government takes a more progressive approach to tackling the deficit.