BATLEY & SPEN MP Tracy Brabin has hit out at the government after new research revealed over 11,000 children in her constituency are living in poverty.
The data, published by the End Child Poverty coalition, reveals that across Kirklees there are 38,000 children living in poverty – a number which is set to rise by 2020 according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Ms Brabin said: “These shameful figures are certainly shocking but sadly do not come as a surprise for those families in my constituency who struggle every day to make ends meet. Child poverty can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the lives of those affected, from restricting a child’s chances of doing well at school and finding well-paid work to decreasing the possibility of a healthy and happy life.
“We need to invest in our children, but instead the government have systematically shrunk our social security system to a point where it will be £36billion per year worse off by 2021.
“And it’s those with the least that are bearing the brunt of it, as we see at Batley Food Bank week in, week out.
“The talent and potential of a whole generation is at risk of going to waste if we do not act fast.”
According to The Children’s Society, poverty is defined as a family of two adults and two children having less than £58 a day to live on (£406 per week) after housing costs. An average British family has around £96 per week.