Child poverty in the North East

The North East has seen the biggest rise in child poverty levels in the whole of the UK, figures in a new report reveal.

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The reality of child poverty and living on out of work benefits

Nearly four in ten children in parts of our region are living in poverty, with Middlesbrough in particular having the third highest number in the country.

In addition to this figure, central Newcastle, South Tyneside and Hartlepool all rank within the top 20 of areas suffering from child poverty.

The Campaign to End Child Poverty, which released the figures, says that growing up in poverty can affect a child's health, development and education.

Emilie Wright from North Yorkshire, who has an eleven week old baby, says that living on out of work benefits as a single mother is tough.

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