One quarter of South Yorkshire children ‘live in poverty’

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A QUARTER of children in South Yorkshire are living in poverty - having their parents go hungry to feed them - according to Save the Children.

The charity claims 23 per cent of children in Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster are living in poverty, and 22 per cent of youngsters in Rotherham are also existing below the breadline.

In Yorkshire and the Humber as a whole, 32 per cent of children - around 300,000 youngsters - are living in poverty according to a new report published by the charity today.

The report, entitled ‘It Shouldn’t Happen Here’, highlights the way poverty is blighting the lives of children and their parents in recession-hit Britain.

The charity used Tax Credit data to come up with the figures for the number of families on the breadline.

The new report claims one in eight of the poorest children in the UK go without at least one hot meal a day, and one in 10 of the country’s poorest parents have cut back on food to make sure their children can eat.

Save the Children also carried out a survey of 1,500 youngsters and 5,000 parents to provide a snapshot of family life under pressure.

It found children worry about their family not having enough money, and more than half living in poverty say a lack of cash makes their parents unhappy or stressed.

The charity today launched an appeal to raise £500,000 to help its work in the UK to target the country’s poorest children - the first time it has appealed to the British public for funds to help children at home.

Justin Forsyth, Save the Children’s chief executive, said: “No child should see their parent go hungry, or start a new term without a warm coat. Poverty is tearing families apart, with parents buckling under the pressure of mounting bills and children seeing their parents argue about money. That’s why for the first time in our history we are launching a UK appeal. We need to help poor families survive the recession.”

Visit www.savethechildren.org.uk/ukpoverty to find out more or to donate.