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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Almost 1 in 4 children in Barrow live in poverty

SHOCKING child poverty figures released today show the stark difference between Barrow and the South Lakes.

Almost one in four children in the Barrow borough live in poverty – while South Lakeland has the second lowest rate in the North West at eight per cent.

The study, released by the Campaign to End Child Poverty, shows Barrow has the highest percentage of children living below the poverty line in Cumbria – at 22 per cent.

It focuses on relative low income, one of the four targets set out in the Child Poverty Act, which looks at whether the incomes of the poorest families is keeping pace with income growth across the wider economy.

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said: “The fact one in five children are living below the official poverty line in Furness underlines how tough things are for families. There will never be a magic wand but no one should be prepared to sit back and accept the appalling hardship many local people face.”

Steve Robson, neighbourhood manager at Barrow Borough Council and member of the Furness Poverty Commission, said: “We are aware there is a serious problem in Barrow and agencies are working with schools and Cumbria County Council to do anything we can to alleviate the problem.”

He said a £10,000 grant from the county council is being used to fund a pilot scheme to combat poverty in the central and Hindpool areas.

Tim Farron, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, warned the eight per cent figure for his constituency could be misleading and the real number could be much higher.

But he added: “Poverty of any kind is unacceptable. Child poverty is an absolute indictment of society.”

  • A survey into local poverty can be completed on the Evening Mail’s website at www.nwemail.co.uk/poverty
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How do you quantify child poverty? You ask any older person and they will tell you the same thing. The majority of people had very little but we were happy with our lot. No-one was 'bored', we made our own entertainment. No-one had cupboards full of food but we were fed with simple and wholesome home made food. We all need to go back to basics.

Posted by Joyce Walker on 20 February 2013 at 21:50

How do you quantify child poverty? You ask any older person and they will tell you the same thing. The majority of people had very little but we were happy with our lot. No-one was 'bored', we made our own entertainment. No-one had cupboards full of food but we were fed with simple and wholesome home made food. We all need to go back to basics.

Posted by Joyce Walker on 20 February 2013 at 21:50

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