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SALFORD CHILD POVERTY SCANDAL
 

Star date: 23rd February 2011

SALFORD CHILD POVERTY AT 60% AND SEVERE CHILD POVERTY AT 20%

"In 2009, the wealth of Britain's one thousand richest people rose by one-third to more than £333 billion. And yet, in the fifth wealthiest country in the world, 1.7 million children live in severe poverty" Save The Children

Figures released by Save The Children today show that 20% of Salford's kids are living in "the most severe poverty". This is on top of official Salford Council figures last July which showed 60% of our kids living in general poverty.

Save the Children is now calling on the ConDem Government to draw up an emergency plan to tackle severe child poverty – although this Government's spending cuts seem set to make the figures worse…

Full story here…


For years academics and social activists have been trying to come up with the definition of poverty. And depending on that definition figures vary wildly. What we do know is that by any definition, Salford's kids are the victims of some of the worst poverty in the UK.

The Save The Children charity today releases figures for what it calls "severe child poverty" and shows 1.6million children caught in this trap. While Manchester is the top of the national league with 27% of its kids living in deep poverty, Salford isn't far behind with 20%.

Severe child poverty is defined by Save The Children as a lone-parent family with one child aged under 14 living on an income of less than £7,000. Or a couple with two children under 14 living on less than £12,500. 

"Children up and down the country are going to sleep at night in homes with no heating, without eating a proper meal and without proper school uniforms to put on in the morning" explains Sally Copley, Save the Children's head of UK policy "No child should be born without a chance. It is a national scandal that 1.6 million children are growing up in severe poverty.

"At present, the government has no official way to measure how many children are caught up in severe child poverty" she adds "or to estimate the impact of their policies on this most vulnerable section of the population."

Last July, Salford Council produced its own report on child poverty in the city (see here)and estimated the figure to be 60%, or 25,000 children in poverty, based on `workless households' – with earnings of £195 per week for a single adult with two dependent children under 14, or £279 per week for a couple with two dependent children under 14.

"It is unacceptable that the odds of having happy, healthy lives are stacked against any of our children" wrote Council Leader John Merry and Margaret Morris, Lead Member for Children's Services, in the intro to that report, calling for action to end child poverty in Salford.

The ConDem Government cuts to Salford Council's spending have targeted the most vulnerable people in the city, via its chopping of the Supporting People grant - and the affects of this, and other cuts, will surely make the severe poverty figures worse.

"If the government is to fulfil its commitments on child poverty, it must find a way of counting these children in greatest need" says Sally Copley "At the moment, these children are hidden from official view, and their plight unrecognised. If these children are to have a future, we must acknowledge their desperate need and urgently target government help towards them."   

The Save The Children statement adds..."With increasing unemployment and cuts in welfare payments, Save the Children fear that even more children will be forced in to severe poverty in the coming months without urgent and concerted action."

For further details see Save The Children website: click here

For further details see Salford Child Poverty Scandal: click here

See also: A Nod and a Wink to Child Poverty in Salford: click here

See also: The Shocking State of Salford 2010: click here

Photo by Mike Cuddy

Nachtschlepper wrote
at 06:38:19 on 28 February 2011
I wonder if any mention of this report will make it into Life in Salford magazine?
 
Red Dave wrote
at 10:02:29 on 23 February 2011
The truth is that this corrupt , evil thatcherite government do not care about child poverty , or workers poverty at all .The Bastards dance to the Bankers Tune ,and expect ordinary people to pay for their reckless gambling with the economy .We now endure the worst government since Milk-Snatcher Thatcher.WHERE IS THE FIGHTBACK? THE WORKERS CAN SMASH THIS AS WE SMASHED THE POLL TAX .
 
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