Response to the release of local child poverty figures

Reactive media statement – Embargoed until 0001 on Wednesday 15th May – Local child poverty statistics released by the End Child Poverty coalition.

In response to the release of local child poverty figures by End Child Poverty, Graham Whitham, Director of Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) said:

“We know that Greater Manchester is home to some of the highest rates of poverty in the country. There is a huge appetite locally to address poverty and increasingly stakeholders from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors are coming together to take action.

However, local efforts are hampered by cuts to the welfare system and public services. Central government must re-introduce a meaningful anti-poverty strategy, with reversals to cuts in benefits and reforms to Universal Credit central to that strategy.

Child poverty is a scar on the nation and is damaging the lives on children and young people across Greater Manchester. It is time for action.”

Greater Manchester local authority figures: 

Local authority Per cent in poverty AHC Change in past year
Manchester 45.4% 2.7%
Oldham 40.4% 0.1%
Rochdale 40.1% -0.1%
Salford 39.5% 2.4%
Bolton 36.8% -0.8%
Tameside 34.7% 0.6%
Bury 31.8% 0.2%
Wigan 30.3% -0.9%
Stockport 25.1% -1.0%
Trafford 25.1% -1.6%

Highest and lowest ward child poverty rates in each of the ten Greater Manchester boroughs

  Highest Per cent in poverty AHC   Lowest Per cent in poverty AHC
Bolton Greatr Lever 55%   Bromley Cross 18.50%
Bury Sedgley 50.40%   Tottington 19.20%
Manchester Longsight 59.50%   Chorlton 23.60%
Oldham Werneth 66.20%   Saddleworth North 19.10%
Rochdale Central Rochdale 57.40%   Norden 23.20%
Salford Ordsall 59.30%   Worsley 13.40%
Stockport Brinnington and Central 42.80%   Bramhall South 14.30%
Tameside St Peter’s 52%   Denton West 23.10%
Trafford Clifford 48.20%   Timperley 15.20%

Full figures published by End Child Poverty at: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/poverty-in-your-area-2019/

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