poverty is tightening its grip on Britain's poorest families,
research, carried out by Prof Donald Hirsh at the University of
Loughborough, found the situation was getting worse in places where
child poverty was already at the highest level.
two-thirds of children are living in poverty-hit families in pockets
of some large cities, the study for End Child Poverty Coalition
estimates. More than half of children in over 200 parliamentary
constituencies are below the poverty line, statistical analysis of
official indices of poverty shows. These areas are in large cities
like London, Greater Manchester and Birmingham, with the rankings
changing around a little, depending on whether housing costs are
taken into account.
the ward with the highest level of child poverty in Britain is
Bastwell in Blackburn. Here, 69% of children are living in poverty. A community worker in the area, Abdul Muller, who runs the Healthy Living charity at the Bangor Community Centre in the area, said high poverty rates were down to low pay, zero-hours contracts and cuts to support services.
The top four hardest-hit areas, if housing costs are included, are the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney and Islington. In Greater Manchester, the child poverty rate (before housing costs) is 40% - nearly double the UK average of 22%.
coalition of poverty charities says whole areas are abandoned to
poverty. Coalition chairwoman Anna Feuchtwang said: "In many
areas growing up in poverty is not the exception, it's the rule - and
with more children expected to get swept up in child poverty in the
coming years, with serious consequences for their life chances.
Policymakers can no longer deny the depth of the problem or abandon
entire areas to rising poverty.”