A charity is warning that levels of child poverty in parts of Greater Manchester are near the worst they have ever seen in their 120-year history.
The report by the Children's Society claims more than 150,000 children are living in poverty in the area.
That equates to half the children in some parts of Manchester and Salford.
The charity also said some 4,500 children run away every year - a quarter of whom are likely to be hurt or be at significant risk of harm.
Today the X-Factor singer Misha B who grew up in one of the poorest areas - Hulme and Moss Side in Manchester - spoke to youngsters experiencing poverty at home, just as she did.
Elaine Wilcox reports.