New Map of Child Poverty in Scotland
The End Child Poverty Campaign has released new figures showing the spread of poverty across Scotland. The Scottish figures, which are contained in a report covering the UK, should that around half of all local authority areas in Scotland have at least one ward where 1 in 3 children are in poverty. Commenting on the report John Dickie, Head of CPAG Scotland and representing ECP Scotland, said "It is shameful that in almost every part of our country there are children who are missing out and seeing their future life chances seriously harmed. With public spending budgets under severe pressure the need to invest to prevent the numbers of children living in poverty spiralling is greater than ever"
The aims of the End Child Poverty campaign are simple: To hold the Government to its promise to eradicate child poverty by 2020.
3.9 million children - one in three - are currently living in poverty in the UK, one of the highest rates in the industrialised world. This is a shocking figure given the wealth of our nation.
Poverty can have a profound impact on the child, their family, and the rest of society. It often sets in motion a deepening spiral of social exclusion, creating problems in education, employment, mental and physical health and social interaction.
But child poverty in the UK is not inevitable. Progress has been made and this year provides us all with our last opportunity to ensure the Government keep their promise to the millions of children experiencing poverty in the UK today.
For more information on this campaign please visit:http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk
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