Bolton MP worries as child poverty rate in Bolton soars

A BOLTON MP and a child poverty charity say they are deeply concerned about the increase in child poverty in Bolton.

New figures released by the charity Action for Children reveal a worrying rising trend in child poverty across the UK.

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi has raised concerns about this, as her constituency has one of the highest poverty rates in the northwest.

Research conducted by Loughborough University for the End Child Poverty Coalition shows that the North West of England has seen child poverty rates rise over the past five years, fueled by stagnant family incomes.

Almost a third of children in the Northwest grow up in poverty as rates rise.

As a borough, Bolton’s child poverty rate rose from 32.9% in 2014/15 to 37% in 2019/20, an increase of 4.1%.

The new data also reveals the North West constituencies with the highest number of children living in poverty, with South East Bolton fourth on the list, with 45% of children living in poverty.

Yasmin Qureshi, MP for South East Bolton, said: “It is a damning accusation by the Conservative regime over the past 11 years that child poverty has reached such worrying rates not only in my neighborhood of South East Bolton. , but throughout the North West and rest of the UK.

“If the government takes seriously its commitments to ‘level’ places like South East Bolton, it will come up with a comprehensive plan to address this systemic problem that plagues places like my constituency.”

Imran Hussain, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Action for Children, said: “We are desperately concerned about this generation of children who have seen their childhoods and life chances damaged. If the government is serious about leveling the parts of the country hardest hit by poverty, it must abandon its plans to cut universal credit. ”

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