A leading charity is warning that some of the youngest children in the North West are facing a childhood poverty crisis.Action for Children say four pupils in every primary school class in our region will be deprived of the basics this Christmas.Over 147,000 under-10s from low-income families in the North West- and almost a million across the UK - face a festive season without things like a heated home, warm clothing or fresh food.

Child Poverty

New research from the charity also shows parents below the breadline are able to spend on average just £2 a day per child on food - and struggle to afford nutritious food vital for health and development.

No parent in the North West should have to face the awful prospect of their youngster sitting in the cold without a plate of food to eat at the end of a school day, or skip dinner themselves so their child has a meal.

John Egan, Action for Children