by CllrZoeFranklin on 19 June, 2013
Child poverty is an issue that moves me deeply. I find it appaling that it exists in the 21st Century and it upsets me even more that in one of the highest earning areas of a very affluent country we have children on our own doorsteps living in poverty. Here in Stoke ward figures published by End Child Poverty in February 2013 indicate that 30% of Stoke’s children are living in poverty*. (Granted, much lower than elsewere in the UK but higher than anywhere else in our borough.)
Over on the Guildford Lib Dems website I’m commenting on national work by the Lib Dems to help end child poverty (click here to have a read) and while my remarks are brief they cut to the core of what makes child poverty so wrong – every child deserves every opportunity to get on in life and reach their full potential and poverty prevents this. Whatever start we have made there is still much more to do.
*End Child Poverty’s explain their definition of child poverty as follows: “children are classified as being in poverty if they live in families in receipt of out of work benefits or in receipt of in-work tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of the median income. The measure is of income before housing costs, and therefore replicates the more modest, official estimate of how many children are in poverty, not taking into account the impact of high rent or mortgage payments.” (Take from p14 of End Child Poverty’s report Child Poverty Map of the UK 2013)