Map: Highest rates of child poverty in Exeter
More than 3000 Exeter children are living in poverty, new figures have revealed.
Data from the Child Poverty campaign shows that 17 per cent of children living in the city are living below the UK poverty line.
According to the organisation an estimated 3451 Exeter children live in poverty.
Perhaps most shocking of all, the results show that in one area of Exeter one in three children are living in poverty.
The figures also reveal the wide disparity in poverty rates across Exeter. For example St David’s has a child poverty rate of 34 per cent compared to just 6 per cent in St Leonard’s.
Other areas with a high child poverty rate include Priory with 25 per cent and Mincinglake with 23 per cent.
The poverty line is classed as earning below 60 per cent of the average British household income. These are worked out before housing costs as they vary so much between locations.
See a map of results below, hover over the ward to view the child poverty percentage.
Exeter is the local authority with the third highest child poverty percentage in Devon, just behind Plymouth and Torbay.
Commenting on the figures, Enver Solomon, Chair of the End Child Poverty campaign said:
“The child poverty map reveals the depth and breadth of child poverty across the country showing the gross levels of inequality that children face in every region.
Far too many children whose parents are struggling to making a living are having to go hungry and miss out on the essentials of a decent childhood that all young people should be entitled to.
The huge disparities that exist across the country have become more entrenched and are now an enduring reality as many more children are set to become trapped in long term poverty and disadvantage. Local authorities are having to deal with reduced budgets but they have critical decisions to make.
We’re calling on authorities to prioritise low income families in the decisions they make about local welfare spending, including spending on the new council tax benefit, and on protecting families hit by the bedroom tax. This week we have written to local authority leaders in the local authorities with the most child poverty, asking them what they will do to tackle child poverty in their local area.
” The government must also closely examine its current strategy for reducing poverty and consider what more it could do to ensure millions of children’s lives are not blighted by the corrosive impact that poverty has on their daily existence.’’
According to the organisation the top 20 parliamentary constituencies for child poverty in the UK are:
1. Manchester Central (47% of children in poverty)
2. Belfast West (43%)
3. Glasgow North East (43%)
4. Birmingham, Ladywood (42%)
5. Bethnal Green and Bow (42%)
6. Liverpool, Riverside (42%)
7. Poplar and Limehouse (41%)
8. Middlesbrough (40%)
9. Blackley and Broughton (38%)
10. Newcastle upon Tyne Central (38%)
11. Leeds Central (38%)
12. Liverpool, Walton (37%)
13. Glasgow Central (37%)
14. Hackney South and Shoreditch (37%)
15. Manchester, Gorton (37%)
16. Birmingham, Hodge Hill (37%)
17. Islington South and Finsbury (37%)
18. Nottingham North (37%)
19. Edmonton (37%)
20. Birkenhead (36%)
And the top 20 local authorities for child poverty in the UK are:
1. Tower Hamlets(42% of children in poverty)
4. Derry (35%)
5. Belfast (34%)
6. Islington (34%)
7. Glasgow City (33%)
8. Liverpool (33%)
9. Newcastle upon Tyne (33%)
11. Nottingham (32%)
12. Knowsley (32%)
13. Newham (32%)
14. Strabane (32%)
15. Barking and Dagenham (31%)
16. South Tyneside (31%)
17. Hastings (31%)
18. Birmingham (31%)
19. Westminster (30%)
20. Hackney (30%)
The End Child Poverty campaign is a coalition of over 100 charities “committed to ending child poverty in the UK”.