East London has 2 of top 3 boroughs with most severe child poverty

Posted: February 23, 2011 in Up-and-coming productions, Wilderness Films

As work on our new trailer for a film looking at child poverty in East London develops, Save the Children have just released this research on severe child poverty in the UK, highlighting that two of the top three UK boroughs with the most severe child poverty are in east London – Newham and Tower Hamlets – with a third east London borough, Hackney, at number 10.

Interestingly, at number 5 is Westminster, one of the UK’s richest boroughs, but one with obvious huge disparity.

According to the press release;

With increasing unemployment and cuts in welfare payments, Save the Children fears that even more children will be forced into severe poverty in the coming months without urgent and concerted action.
“Children up and down the country are going to sleep at night in homes with no heating, without eating a proper meal and without proper school uniforms to put on in the morning,” said Sally Copley, Save the Children’s head of UK policy. “No child should be born without a chance. It’s a national scandal that 1.6 million children are growing up in severe poverty.”

The full report is available here; http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/14979.htm


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