I’m shocked to see that Salford and Eccles has 31% of children now growing up in poverty, highlighted by figures released today following an analysis by the End Child Poverty coalition of charities. Even more shocking is to see Manchester Central and Manchester Gorton where almost 50% of children are growing up in poverty. This is unacceptable, more needs to be done to help these children, and government saying that “The best route out of poverty is through employment” is no help for these children.
With Universal credit still to be rolled out in Salford and Eccles, it is worrying how these figures will increase once it does. No child should have to grow up in poverty, no matter their background or postcode. Labour will reform and redesign Universal Credit and implement a new Child Poverty Strategy. Labour will also lift the Tories’ freeze on social security support which is penalising families, to ensure people get the support they need.