Town's children living in poverty

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 January 2012

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(c) Adam Gault

NEARLY one in five children is living in poverty in Weston, according to latest figures released this week.

In mid-2011, 19 per cent of youngsters were living in households where parents were out of work or on low incomes.

The figures, released by The Campaign To End Child Poverty, show 89 parliamentary constituencies nationally have child poverty rates of less than 10 per cent.

The campaign group, which is made up of more than 150 organisations, also says that on average, across the UK one in five youngsters is living in child poverty.

But the average for Weston is far higher than that for North Somerset as a whole, which is 13 per cent.

Campaign executive director Alison Garnham said: “The child poverty map paints a stark picture of socially-segregated Britain where the life chances of millions of children are damaged by poverty and inequality.

“Child poverty costs us billions of pounds, picking up the pieces of damaged lives and unrealised potential.”

Official measures of child poverty are based on a national survey of family income, which shows poverty at national and regional level.

But figures for more regional areas are compiled using tax credit data to give the percentage of children in low income families in local authorities, parliamentary constituencies and wards across the UK.

Children are classified as being in poverty if they live in families in receipt of out of work benefits or in-work tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of average income.

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