- Posted by Chris Lincoln
- On 25th January 2018
A study presented by the End Child Poverty coalition of charities has formulated alarming statistics in various areas of the country, as reported by The Guardian.
25 parliamentary constituencies, with the majority based in some of the United Kingdom’s largest cities, are now considered to have over 40% of their children classed below the poverty threshold line with three constituencies witnessing a 10% rise in the last two years.
Bradford West has seen an increase of the percentage of children in poverty from 37% to 47%, whilst both Oldham West and Royton and Bethnal Green and Bow saw their figures move from 35% to 46% and 43% to 54% respectively. The London constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow has the most alarming figures in the country, although the Oldham neighbourhood of Coldhurst is home to a concerning 62% of children living in poverty.
More than 50% of children in 87 electoral wards are currently living in poverty, an increase of 66 areas compared to two years ago, with over 30% of young people in the whole country falling below the concerning threshold.
Debbie Abrahams, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions, told The Guardian: “Increasing child poverty is a direct result of this government’s utter failure to tackle the increasing cost of living, stagnating wages and their slashing of social security support.”
A Government spokesperson responded to the figures by suggesting “the best route out of poverty is employment”. However, children living in poverty are less likely to achieve the same grades as those from most affluent areas, thus hindering their chances of employment and providing income for the future generations in their families.
A glance at the End Child Poverty website leads with the headline ‘today 30% of children in the UK are living in poverty’. This is despite ‘67% of children in poverty having at least one parent in work’. A child is considered to be in poverty if ‘they are in a family living on less than 60% of median household income’ and there are concerns that the number of children in this bracket is going to rise over coming years.