Slight drop in child poverty in North East Lincolnshire
THE number of children living in poverty in North East Lincolnshire has dropped slightly – but the gulf between different wards is as entrenched as ever.
There are ten times as many youngsters growing up in poverty in the South Ward, in contrast to Scartho, according to figures released today by the Child Poverty Action Group.
The statistics, measured in 2012, revealed there are 1,641 in that ward, compared to just 148 in Scartho, which puts them on a par with families growing up in the most deprived areas of the UK.
In Sidney Sussex, there are nearly 600. In Humberston and New Waltham and Wolds wards, the figure is listed as “below five per cent”.
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The number of children in poverty in North East Lincolnshire overall dropped to 25 per cent, from 26 per cent in 2011.
When split by parliamentary constituency, Grimsby was measured at 30 per cent and Cleethorpes 17 per cent.
The figures are measured on family income, those on benefits and those receiving school meals allowances.
The leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Chris Shaw, today said he expected more children to fall into the poverty trap.
“The council has succeeded in lifting many families out of fuel poverty because, for example, we have spent £300,000 on homes in the East Marsh,” he said.
“With less having to be spent on fuel by having more economical homes, there is more that can be spent on the children.
“But with the Government decision to reduce council tax benefits and the bedroom tax going up, the situation is going to get worse.
“We are working hard to alleviate the situation, but the water is coming over the defences quicker than we can bail it back.”
Warning of increasing pressure on budgets, Councillor Shaw said any moves to divert funds from children’s centres in more affluent areas to the most deprived areas would need to be done with the approval of the whole council.
He added: “No matter where you live, children must have a decent standard of life.”
Research has revealed that well over half of parents in poverty have cut back on food and over a quarter say they have skipped meals in the past year.
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