23% of Southend’s children live in poverty
February 20, 2013 3 Comments
End Child Poverty has released data that is pretty damning (
The data, released today, shows a fifth of children are living in poverty. The figures for Essex are shown in the following table.
|Estimated percentage of children in poverty||Estimated number of children in poverty|
Southend-on-Sea is just above the national average of 20.2%, and I take no joy from reporting this. Quite frankly it is shameful that nearly a quarter of Southend’s kids live in poverty.
Some solace may be taken from looking at the worst local authorities for child poverty; Tower Hamlets tops this ignominious list with 42% in poverty. “It could be worse” whilst true cannot give much comfort.
It is worth repeating comments made by Enver Solomon, Chair of the End Child Poverty campaign:
“Local authorities are having to deal with reduced budgets but they have critical decisions to make. We’re calling on authorities to prioritise low income families in the decisions they make about local welfare spending, including spending on the new council tax benefit, and on protecting families hit by the bedroom tax. This week we have written to local authority leaders in the local authorities with the most child poverty, asking them what they will do to tackle child poverty in their local area.”
With the coming debate on the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council budget the above will be uppermost in my mind.