Steve Rotheram condemns child poverty following new report
Steve Rotheram has condemned the scourge of child poverty as a new report reveals one in three children in the Liverpool City Region are living below the poverty line.
Research published by the End Child Poverty coalition, highlights how poverty is on the rise in deprived areas and points to severe real-terms cuts in benefits, the roll-out of Universal Credit and rising housing costs as being behind the rise.
The report also reveals that locally, one in three children are living in poverty, rising from one in four in 2014 – with communities such as Picton in Liverpool (where 49.9% of children are living in poverty) and Stockbridge Village in Knowsley (41.3%) particularly affected by child poverty.
Local Authority[/av_cell]Children in poverty, before housing costs % [/av_cell]Children in poverty, after housing costs %[/av_cell][/av_row] Halton[/av_cell]25[/av_cell]31[/av_cell][/av_row] Knowsley[/av_cell]27[/av_cell]32[/av_cell][/av_row] Liverpool[/av_cell]32[/av_cell]36[/av_cell][/av_row] Sefton[/av_cell]21[/av_cell]27[/av_cell][/av_row] St Helens[/av_cell]25[/av_cell]30[/av_cell][/av_row] Wirral[/av_cell]24[/av_cell]29[/av_cell][/av_row] Liverpool City Region[/av_cell]26[/av_cell]31[/av_cell][/av_row] [/av_table]
Responding to the report, Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:
“It is devastating that one in three children in our city region are growing up in poverty, whilst some communities are so blighted that almost every other child is growing up below the poverty line.
“During a decade-long programme of cuts we have seen child poverty rise year-on-year. This is betraying a generation of young people and we cannot allow this level of want to become normalised.
“While we are doing good work locally to improve the life chances of those from disadvantaged backgrounds it is clear we are now facing a national crisis when it comes to child poverty.”
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is delivering a number of schemes to tackle poverty in the city region: