North East of England suffers biggest increase of child poverty in UK since 2013


The North East of England has seen the biggest group of children pulled into poverty of any region or nation in the UK in recent years, a damning report has warned.

As the UK faces a growing economic crisis, the IPPR North report warns that children in the North and the North East are already paying the price of the previous crisis with communities across the region bearing the scars of austerity.

And civil society leaders have demanded politicians come up with concrete plans to tackle the issue.

The Bishop of Newcastle has said society must put  “the interests and needs of our children and young people first”.

According to the report, the North East has seen the biggest rise in child poverty across the UK since 2013, despite seeing the biggest fall in child poverty of any UK region or nation between 1999 and 2013.

Between 2013 and 2019, poverty among children grew by 9% in the North East, compared to 3% across the UK.

Since 2013 the number of children in poverty in the region has increased

This follows a fall in child poverty between 1999 and 2013 of 13 percentage points in the North East and 6 percentage points across the UK. 

The Daily Mirror is calling on Boris Johnson to hike child benefit by £5 a week to end the scourge of child poverty.

Before the coronavirus hit the UK the number of kids in poverty in the UK was set to rise from 4.1million to 5.2million in the next two years.

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Our Give Me Five campaign demands an immediate increase in child benefit – a move that would lift 200,000 children out of destitution.

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman said:”Poverty is a terrible thing. Human lives are diminished by it.

“And child poverty is the most pernicious thing of all, as all too often its effects last a lifetime.

“This report is an urgent call to action, if we wish to avoid being condemned by our actions or inaction in this our time, as a society we have to commit to putting the interests and needs of our children and young people first.”

Report author and Senior Research Fellow at IPPR North Anna Round said: “No child should ever have to grow up living in poverty, because it is a problem that can be solved.
“Yet here in the North East, despite progress during the 2000s, we’ve seen the biggest increase in child poverty of all of the regions and nations of the UK in recent years. 

“Growing up in poverty has significant, grave consequences for the health and wellbeing of communities.

“So if we reduce it, we will lay the foundations for long term resilience and recovery, and see improvements in the life course across the region”.  





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