Yorkshire's children in poverty

A third of children in Yorkshire are living in poverty according to a new study.

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Child poverty in the Calendar region

Shocking figures have revealed that Yorkshire has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country. The rest of the region fares little better, with tens of thousands of youngsters missing out on basic essentials - warm clothing, shoes, and even food.

The figures have been released today by the charity Save the Children, which is now turning its attention to poverty-stricken Britain for the first time ever, blaming the Government's austerity measures.

Government says welfare reforms will tackle child poverty in the region

The Government has responded to a report by Save the Children, which has found that a third of children in Yorkshire and the Humber and a quarter of children in the East Midlands, which includes Lincolnshire.

A spokesperson said: "Despite £150bn being poured into benefits and tax credits over the last decade, the previous Government's approach to tackling child poverty has failed with the UK missing its own 2010 child poverty targets.

The Government remains committed to eradicating child poverty, but we want to take a new approach by tackling the root causes including worklessness, educational failure and family breakdown.

And our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities, with the Universal Credit simplifying the complex myriad of benefits and lifting 350,000 children and 550,000 adults out of poverty"

– Government spokesperson


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