UK: The Campaign to End Child Poverty has published the first instalment of a two part report providing a child poverty map of the UK. The End Child Poverty website provides local child poverty data down to ward level in England. The official data used for the local analysis will be available for other parts of the UK later in the year, following which a further instalment of the report will be published which will include the rest of the UK and updated data for England.
According to recent release, the top 10 parliamentary constituencies for child poverty in the UK are:
Bethnal Green and Bow – 57 percent, Poplar and Canning Town – 55 percent, Manchester Central – 52 percent, Islington South and Finsbury – 49 percent, Birmingham, Ladywood – 49 percent, Hackney South and Shoreditch – 49 percent, Regent’s Park and North Kensington – 48 percent, Tottenham – 48 percent, Liverpool, Riverside – 48 percent, Holborn and St. Pancras – 47 percent,
The top 10 local authorities for child poverty in the UK are: Tower Hamlets – 57 percent, Islington – 46 percent, Hackney – 44 percent, Newham – 43 percent, Manchester – 42 percent, Westminster – 41 percent, Camden – 41 percent, Haringey – 40 percent, Barking and Dagenham – 39 percent, and Nottingham 37 percent.
Alison Garnham, Executive Director of the Campaign, said, “The child poverty map shows a country divided between children born into very different lives, some fortunate, some with much poorer life chances. It reveals that we still have much higher rates of child poverty than in most other wealthy European countries, reaching 57 percent of children in one London constituency and more than 60 percent in some wards.” Garnham added, “The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have our full support for the promise they made in the coalition agreement to end child poverty by 2020. The difficult economic circumstances we face mean it is more important than ever to end Britain’s child poverty shame.”
In the next two weeks the Chancellor and the Prime Minister will reveal Britain’s Budget and publish the Government’s Child Poverty Strategy. They will need to address warnings from the Institute for Fiscal Studies that both relative and absolute child poverty will start rising from 2013 onwards under current plans.
According to Garnham, the Campaign to End Child Poverty is calling for the Chancellor to explain in the budget how child poverty will be reduced and how parents can access jobs they can raise a family on.
“Parts of Britain are booming again, with bankers getting billions in bonuses, yet we are in danger of having a two-speed economy that leaves millions of families behind. Child poverty costs us billions picking up the pieces of damaged lives and unrealised potential, so it is a false economy if we don’t prioritise looking after children today,” Garnham continued.