Lisa Calls for Action to End Child Poverty in Autumn Statement

Lisa Calls for Action to End Child Poverty in Autumn Statement

Nearly 6,000 Children in Wigan Are Living In Households Struggling To Cope

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has hit out at ‘Government complacency’ after shocking new figures produced by the End Child Poverty coalition revealed that over a quarter of children living in Wigan are living in poverty.

The figures show that there are more than 3 and a half million children living in poverty around the UK. Child poverty is the highest in large cities, particularly in London, Birmingham and Manchester.  As Table 1 illustrates, among the twenty parliamentary constituencies with the highest levels of childhood poverty, seven are located in London, three in Birmingham, and three in Manchester.

The coalition of charities, faith groups and unions is warning that the benefits freeze in place until the end of the decade will mean that as prices rise, low income families will find it increasingly hard to pay for the same basic essentials.

At the same time, recent cuts to in work support under Universal Credit further penalise low income working families – pushing more working families below the poverty line.

Wigan MP Lisa has pledged to support End Child Poverty’s call for the Government to use the upcoming Autumn Statement to end the freeze on children’s benefits, and to reverse the sharp cuts being introduced to in-work benefits under Universal Credit.

The parliamentary constituencies with the lowest levels of child poverty are Gordon, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Sheffield Hallam, and York Outer, with figures between 9 and 10 per cent.  The constituency of Theresa May (Maidenhead) is among the 20 with the lowest child poverty.

Speaking about the figures, Wigan MP Lisa said:

“These shocking figures are the result of Government complacency. Theresa May spoke of trying to heal the divide in Britain and yet her Government has just dealt a cruel blow to millions of single parents by reducing the support available to them.

“All of the evidence suggests the cost of living will increase dramatically over the next year and this will mean even more children will suffer the indignity of growing up in poverty. These children are innocent victims of the Tories political choices and it is not only unfair but immoral to tolerate such levels of inequality.

“I will be demanding that the Government commit to end the scandal of child poverty in the run up to the Autumn Statement to protect those childhoods which have not yet been lost.”

Chair of End Child Poverty Sam Royston said:

“As the Prime Minister has rightly recognised, this is not a country that works for everyone. In every community, there are children being denied the happy childhoods and the good start in life other children take for granted.  Our children are now twice as likely to be poor as our pensioners.

“Many families who are just about managing today, won’t be managing tomorrow if Universal Credit leaves them with fewer pounds in their pocket, and if rising costs of living means their money doesn’t stretch as far as it used to.

“This month’s Autumn Statement is a major opportunity for the new government to act to help these families. We urge the Chancellor to reverse the significant cuts to Universal Credit targeted at working families and, at the very least, shield children’s benefits from inflation.”

 

 

 

November 21, 2016 By : Category: News Print