The End Child Poverty coalition has today published figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK. The figures reveal that more than half of all children in the UK’s very poorest areas are now growing up in poverty – compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates.
In Northfield 34% of children are living in poverty and four constituencies in Birmingham feature in the 25 areas with the highest levels of child poverty.
These figures should shame the Government. We are still one of the richest countries in the world but the increasing cost of living, stagnating wages and changes to the support available to families are having a big impact and the result is so many children growing up in poverty. Government policy choices have real effects and the Government must take urgent action to tackle these dreadful rates in child poverty.
This morning alongside the Northfield Labour team I visited the site of the new Northfield Pool and Leisure Centre for an update on progress at the site.
Once completed, the new facility will include a 25 metre / 6 lane swimming pool, a training / learner pool, wet and dry changing areas, a fitness suite, a dance studio and a community room.
Progress at the site is going well. It is scheduled for opening in the Spring and, from what I saw today, the new facility will be a great asset to our community.
In recent years, the rise in the number of local people requiring the support of food banks has been alarming and 2017 was no different.
During 2017, the B30 Food Bank based at Cotteridge Church provided food to 7501 people, including 4350 adults and 3151 children.
That would not of been possible without the incredible generosity of local people who donated 63,541kgs of food.
Government policy choices have real effects and have directly led to more and more people having to turn food banks to survive. Unless the Government change course this will continue to be the case in 2018 and local food banks will continue to depend on the generosity of local people.
The B30 Food Bank are currently running short of fruit juice, long life milk, macaroni cheese, jam, rice and instant potato. You can find out how you can donate to the B30 Food Bank here – https://b30.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
Many local residents will be aware that a new planning application has been submitted for a crematorium off New Inns Lane on the Birmingham/Bromsgrove border. This is the third application that has been lodged by the developers looking to build on the land.
Throughout the previous planning applications I, along with Councillors Andy Cartwright, Carole Griffiths and Peter McDonald have made several representations to Bromsgrove District Council on behalf of resident as well as expressing concerns of our own regarding the planning application.
I remain unconvinced that New Inns Lane is the right site for this planning application and I will be writing to Bromsgrove District Council again to further raise my concerns and the concerns of local residents.
It’s really important, though, that as many residents as possible also submit their comments to Bromsgrove District Council – regardless of any comments that you may have submitted previously which will not be considered this time round. You can view all of the documents related to the application and submit your views by clicking the following link and searching for application reference: 17/01429/FUL.
The deadline for comments is 24th January 2018. Residents can also contact Bromsgrove District Council directly by calling 01527 881770, emailing email@example.com or by writing to Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, B98 8AH.