31.6% of children in poverty Cynon Valley?
New figures reveal over 28% of children are living in poverty in Wales
The End Child Poverty coalition has today published figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK. The new figures reveal that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty – compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates.
In Wales, the figures show that over 28% of children are living in poverty, and in some constituency, this rises to a 1/3 of all children. Some of the most deprived areas of the UK have seen the biggest increases in child poverty since the coalition’s last release of local child poverty figures in December 2015. Increases of 10 percentage points1 in some areas demonstrate the growing crisis of child poverty in the UK.
As price rises risk pushing ever larger numbers of children below the poverty line, the coalition is calling on the Chancellor to end the freeze on children’s benefits – currently in place until the end of the decade – so that families no longer see living standards squeezed as prices rise.
You can find out more and download the full report from the End Child Poverty website.