Weston in top 10 of child poverty ratings

PUBLISHED: 08:40 05 September 2012 | UPDATED: 08:48 05 September 2012

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A NEW report has placed Weston in the top 10 areas of the South West with the highest child poverty ratings.

Nineteen per cent of children in Weston are living in poverty, missing regular hot meals and suffering emotional strain, according to the latest figures released by Save the Children.

The report, entitled It Shouldn’t Happen Here, has recorded Weston in the top 10 areas out of 51 parliamentary wards in the South West.

It also highlights children’s, as well as parents’, experiences living in recession-hit Britain and has revealed around 300,000 children in the South West are living in poverty.

One in eight of the poorest children in the UK go without at least one hot meal a day, and one in 10 of the UK’s poorest parents have cut back on food for them to make sure their children have enough to eat.

Behind these figures are struggling families who are on low incomes, and while many are in employment, they are still in poverty.

As children head back to school for the new term, one in seven of the poorest children surveyed say they have to go without a warm winter coat and new shoes when they need them.

Eighty per cent of parents admitted that they were borrowing more money for essentials such as food and clothes.

Save the Children spoke to more than 1,500 youngsters and 5,000 parents in its report and the charity says it’s aiming to raise £500,000 to help its work in the UK.

Justin Forsyth, Save the Children’s chief executive, said: “No child should see their parent going hungry.

“Poverty is tearing families apart, with parents buckling under the pressure of mounting bills and children seeing their parents argue more about money.

“That’s why for the first time in our history we are launching a UK appeal. We need to help poor families survive the recession”

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