In 2008, the Campaign to End Child Poverty found that 30% of children were living in low-income households in the Mid-Worcestershire constituency. In Worcester,this figure was 38%. Generally, the West Midlands was one of the worst regions for child child poverty – with some nearby local constituencies experiencing poverty levels between 75 – >80%. (BBC News)
Nationally, there were 3.5 million children living in poverty in 2014-15. This accounts for 9 children in a classroom of 30 pupils. (cpag.org.uk)
Work does not lift families out of poverty. Two-thirds of children live in a working household.
Britain (now) has the 7th largest economy in the world and yet 4 Million children and adults cannot afford to feed themselves properly.
Poorer members of society are more likely to become dependent on the public health service, adding pressure to an already overstretched NHS.
Poor health also restricts a person’s ability to live an independent life and pursue a career, lowering their self-confidence.
This is not right.
Want to do something about this? Write to your MP, volunteer, donate and campaign. Poverty exists within every community, but so does the desire to eradicate it from the face of the Earth.