quarter of children in Highbridge live in poverty, finds new survey
has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the south west,
according to a new report published
survey by the End Child Poverty campaign says 24% of children
grow up in poverty in Highbridge, while 12% do so in Burnham South
and 8% in Burnham North.
Sedgemoor, the number in poverty is 16%, or a total of 3,836 children
while the national average is now 30%.
are classified as being in poverty if they live in families on
out-of-work benefits or in-work tax credits where their reported
income is less than 60% of median income.
charity Barnardo's - one of more than 100 charities working together
in the End Child Poverty campaign - says more needs to be done
by the government to take children out of poverty.
and Highbridge MP Tessa Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
need to go beyond nice words and platitudes. We need to work better
together to make the changes needed for our children so they are
not disadvantaged for the future."
the figures in Highbridge of 24% are below the national average
of 30%, they are still way too high. We must support families,
support teachers and our schools to get the best possible education
for every child."
should work together within government at every level to make
sure we are heading in the same direction to reduce child poverty.
We need to focus on the children who really are suffering from
a lack of opportunity."
Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Ken Smout told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"In this day and age it is alarming to hear that people in
Burnham and Highbridge are living in such difficulty."
needs to look at the problem carefully - it is easy to throw money
at the issue but more direct help is needed if a long-term solution
is to be found. Quick fixes are good in the short-term but the
government needs to set goals for the future to irradicate the
Solomon, Chair of the End Child Poverty campaign, added: "Far
too many children whose parents are struggling to making a living
are having to go hungry and miss out on the essentials of a decent
childhood that all young people should be entitled to."
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."
"The government must also closely examine its current strategy
for reducing poverty and consider what more it could do to ensure
millions of childrens lives are not blighted by the corrosive
impact that poverty has on their daily existence."
spokesman from the Department for Work and Pensions said it is
taking a new approach by "tackling the root causes including
worklessness, educational failure and family breakdown."