One-in-five Falkirk children living in poverty

Just over 20 per cent of children in the Falkirk district are being raised in poverty
Just over 20 per cent of children in the Falkirk district are being raised in poverty
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One out of every in five children in the Falkirk is are living in poverty, according to a new report.

Figures from the End Child Poverty campaign, which has recorded statistics for the whole of the UK, show that 21 per cent of children in the district are being raised in poor households.

The campaign’s figures reveal that of that total, the majority of affected families, 2855, have one or two adults working while 1447 are regarded as being in ‘out-of-work poverty’.

End Child Poverty chairman David Holmes said: “These figures reveal just how widely and deeply child poverty reaches into our communities, even those areas generally regarded as well off.

“Far too many children whose parents are struggling to make a living are suffering as a result and missing out on the essentials of a decent childhood that all young people should be entitled to.

“We can and must do better for our children. Poverty ruins childhoods and reduces life chances.

“Failing to invest properly in children is a false economy which costs the country £29bn each year.”