Coalition sounds child poverty warning

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One in three children are living in poverty in the Foyle area, according to the End Child Poverty coalition.

Statistics released by the coalition show 33.80% of children are living in poverty in the parliamentary constituency, while it is 27.30% in East Londonderry.

Peter Bryson, End Child Poverty spokesperson in NI, said: “We urge the Executive to protect the poorest children from the effect of cuts to household income and support all local areas to end child poverty once and for all.

“The Executive should prioritise tackling child poverty across all departments to allow the poorest children to have the best start in life, as promised by the Programme for Government.”

Child poverty is forecast to increase over the course of this Parliament unless action is taken.

The coalition is made up of nearly 100 organisations including children’s charities, welfare organisations, social justice groups, faith groups, trade unions and others united in a vision of a UK free of child poverty.