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Tower Hamlets children poorest in UK with 42 percent below breadline

Tower Hamlets children poorest in UK with 42 percent below breadline | child and fuel poverty | Scoop.it

Four in 10 children in Tower Hamlets live in poverty, research shows today.

About 42 per cent of youngsters in the east London borough are living below the breadline — the UK’s worst-hit area. This compares with the national average of 20 per cent or one in five children living in poverty.

The Campaign to End Child Poverty found that Islington, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Westminster and Haringey are among the worst 20 local authority areas when it comes to children living in deprived conditions.

Enver Solomon, chairman of the campaign, said: “The child poverty map reveals the depth and breadth of child poverty across the country, showing the gross levels of inequality that children face in every region.

“The huge disparities that exist across the country have become more entrenched and are now an enduring reality, as many more children are

set to become trapped in long-term poverty and disadvantage.”

The campaign has written to local authority leaders in the worst-affected areas to ask them how they propose to tackle the problem, added Mr Solomon.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts a growth in child poverty of  400,000 between 2011 and 2015, and a total of 800,000 by 2020.

… But council can pay 306 staff £50,000 or more a year

Tower Hamlets was accused of paying too many officials high salaries today. The council had 306 members of staff on salaries of £50,000 or more, according to a survey by the Taxpayers Alliance. By contrast, Lewisham paid only 160 staff such salaries, although it served a bigger population.

The charge came in a report that castigated local government for spending £1.9 billion nationally on more than 28,000 officials earning £50,000, which is almost twice the national average salary. Alliance chief executive Matthew Sinclair said: “Taxpayers are still paying far too much for bloated bureaucracies.”

Tower Hamlets denied being out of line with other authorities. “As a high performing council and a borough with complex needs it is essential we have staff of a high calibre and to attract the best staff we need to offer competitive salaries,” said a spokesman.

She said it had cut management costs and delivered most services in-house.

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Poverty campaigners in school meals call - Education - Scotsman.com

Poverty campaigners in school meals call - Education - Scotsman.com | child and fuel poverty | Scoop.it
Scottish authorities should use the UK Government’s welfare reforms to ensure every child who is entitled to a free school meal receives one, according to child poverty campaigners.
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Every welfare cut listed: how much a typical family will lose per week

Every welfare cut listed: how much a typical family will lose per week | child and fuel poverty | Scoop.it
The charity, Child Poverty Action Group, has compiled a list of benefit changes showing the complexity of the Coalition's welfare reform programme
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Home improvements help cut fuel poverty

Home improvements help cut fuel poverty | child and fuel poverty | Scoop.it
Annual fuel poverty statistics published by the government have shown a slight drop in the number of households affected.
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Fuel poverty: UK households ‘worst hit in western Europe’ - uSwitch Gas & Electricity News

Fuel poverty: UK households ‘worst hit in western Europe’ - uSwitch Gas & Electricity News | child and fuel poverty | Scoop.it
RT @MarketforceUtil: UK has "worst fuel poverty in Western Europe" http://t.co/wF6AAyXyxU over 5 million homes will be subject to fuel poverty this winter ^AB
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Fuel poverty facing millions of Britons due to rising utility bills | UK | News | Daily Express

Fuel poverty facing millions of Britons due to rising utility bills | UK | News | Daily Express | child and fuel poverty | Scoop.it
MILLIONS of Britons are facing fuel poverty due to soaring energy bills, experts warned today.

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Millions face fuel poverty | UK | News | Daily Express

Millions face fuel poverty | UK | News | Daily Express | child and fuel poverty | Scoop.it
ONE in three British households will be in fuel poverty in three years’ time, experts warned last night.
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Turn up the heat on British Gas: protest at the British Gas AGM on Monday 13th May

Turn up the heat on British Gas: protest at the British Gas AGM on Monday 13th May | child and fuel poverty | Scoop.it
From Fuel Poverty Action When? Monday 13th May, from 1pm Where? Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Vf1rI On Monday 13th May, Centrica – ...

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Poverty: The 2010 consensus in tatters | Left Foot Forward

Poverty: The 2010 consensus in tatters | Left Foot Forward | child and fuel poverty | Scoop.it
Dropping the child poverty target would mean accepting a level of poverty much higher than almost all countries of comparable wealth.

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Ed Balls' economy speech and lobbying scandal reaction: Politics live blog - The Guardian

Ed Balls' economy speech and lobbying scandal reaction: Politics live blog
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Balls says opposes removing child benefit from rich tho can't promise to reverse. Forecast to raise £2.3bn ...
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