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10 January 2012| PR 12/2

Loughborough behind latest child poverty figures

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Researchers in Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) are behind the latest child poverty figures announced today by the Campaign to End Child Poverty.

Head of Income Studies Donald Hirsch and Research Associate Jacqueline Beckhelling compiled and presented the local data used to devise a child poverty map of the whole of the UK.

The Campaign to End Child Poverty has published the figures in a report broken down by parliamentary constituency, local authority and ward.

Five of the top 10 parliamentary constituencies for highest levels of child poverty are within London, with others in Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham and Liverpool.

89 constituencies already meet the government's headline target for 2020 by having child poverty rates of 10% or lower.

The figures are based on official data, though the team at CRSP has found innovative ways of creating more up-to-date estimates of local poverty that the government data provides.

Head of Income Studies Donald Hirsch explains:

“At the Centre for Research in Social Policy we’ve built up a hub of expertise in poverty and income. In the present climate where there is widespread concern about how the worst-off families are faring, we can play a useful role in assessing poverty and hardship, and we’ll be producing figures of this kind regularly in the future.”  

Alison Garnham, Executive Director of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, said:

“The child poverty map paints a stark picture of a socially segregated Britain where the life chances of millions of children are damaged by poverty and inequality. But it also gives us reason for hope. The child poverty target has already been met in the Prime Minister’s constituency and nearly a hundred others, so never let it be said that the targets are impossible to meet. If we can do it in Witney today, we can do it in Hackney tomorrow.”

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned that child poverty will rise by 400,000 children by 2015 unless the government takes a more progressive approach to tackling the deficit.

The full report with a breakdown of regional figures is available on the End Child Poverty website http://endchildpoverty.org.uk/why-end-child-poverty/poverty-in-your-area

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Notes for editors:

  1. The Campaign to End Child Poverty (www.endchildpoverty.org.uk) is made up of more than 150 organisations from civic society including children’s charities, child welfare organisations, social justice groups, faith groups, trade unions and others, united in its vision of a UK free of child poverty.
  2. CRSP is one of the UK’s longest established social policy research centres. Its work focuses on poverty and income studies, social welfare and service delivery, and energy and green social policy.
  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

 

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