One in five children living in poverty
8:48am Thursday 6th September 2012 in News
ALMOST one in five children in Bolton are living in severe poverty — and one charity boss claims many young people in Bolton regularly go hungry.
Save The Children has launched its first UK fundraising drive to tackle child poverty amid claims some youngsters are going without food and warm clothing as they bear the brunt of the recession and government spending cuts.
The charity said 8,000 youngsters in Bolton — 17 per cent of the borough’s child population — were living in “severe poverty”, defined as living in a family with an income of £11,000 a year or less.
The figure puts Bolton 11th out of 23 North West authorities. The worst in England was Manchester, at 23 per cent, with the market town of Wokingham in Berkshire being the lowest at eight per cent.
Save the Children usually operates in Africa, Asia and South America, but says poverty is now such an issue in the UK that it has launched its first ever domestic campaign.
Its report, entitled It Shouldn’t Happen Here, claims one in eight of the poorest children in the UK go without at least one hot meal a day, and one in seven have to go without a warm winter coat and new shoes.
One in 10 of the UK’s poorest parents have cut back on food for themselves to make sure their children have enough to eat, the report claims.
Karen Edwards, the chief executive of Bolton Lads and Girls Club, the country’s biggest youth centre, said: “Sadly, in 2012 feeling hungry or going without is an issue that some of our members still face. Many go without essential items such as food, which in turn affects personal and social development.
“Some come to the club for an affordable hot meal which would be the only hot food they may have the opportunity to eat.”