Three in ten Birmingham children growing up in poverty


The child poverty figures published today paint a stark picture.

One in five British children live below the poverty line. Across Birmingham it is up to three in ten – and in parts of the constituency it is as high as four in ten. This poverty cripples a child’s chance to lead a happy and healthy life and makes it so much harder for them to reach their potential.

You would think the government would make tackling child poverty a key priority. Instead they are making life harder for working families already struggling to get by – with their unfair attack on tax credits and working benefits this April. The government’s own assessment predicts that these changes will push another 200,000 children into poverty. And this comes on top of the 800,000 increase expected as a result of the government’s other welfare cuts.

I am proud that the last Labour government took one million children out of poverty and committed to end child poverty by 2020.

It is a disgrace that, in contrast, by 2020 this Conservative-led government is set to force one million more children into poverty.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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