Child poverty is soaring despite Government promises to wipe it out.Four million children are now living in poverty, Barnardo's says, with their parents having £10 or less a day to pay for food, heating, clothes and electricity for each family member.
Child poverty rose in 17 of the 20 poorest constituencies in Britain last year.Ladywood area of Birmingham had the highest concentration of youngsters living in poverty, 83 per cent, which was up 2.5 per cent in a year. This was followed by central Manchester with 81 per cent, and Sparkbrook and Small Heath in Birmingham with 80.4 per cent.
Barnardo's chief executive Martin Narey warned things will get worse as the recession continues to bite. He said: "It is intolerable that in some places in the UK eight out of 10 children are growing up poor."