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End Child Poverty report finds fastest rises in poverty hit poorest areas

Wednesday 15th May 2019

New findings published today by End Child Poverty reveal that child poverty is becoming "the new normal" in parts of Britain.

The UK's leading child poverty coalition - of which Contact is a member - is calling for the major Parties to outline ambitious child poverty-reduction strategies as new data published today shows that child poverty is becoming the norm in some parts of Britain, with more than 50 per cent of children living trapped in poverty in some constituencies.

The data highlights how worrying levels of child poverty vary across Britain and shows that poverty is on the rise - and rising fastest in places where it is already highest.

Amanda Batten, chief executive of Contact, said:

"We know that the extra costs faced by families with disabled children make them particularly vulnerable to living in poverty. This is made worse by the difficulty of caring and holding down a full-time job.

"Our own Counting the Costs research found that, as a result, there has been a sharp rise in disabled children going without essentials such as specialist therapies and equipment. This comes at a time when financial support for families is being drastically cut.

"We welcome End Child Poverty's calls for Government to set out an ambitious and credible child poverty-reduction strategy, including reforming Universal Credit and reversing cuts to children's services."