REVEALED: More than 30,000 Sheffield children live in poverty

Sheffield has some of the highest and lowest proportions of child poverty in the country, a new report has revealed.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 08:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 15:51 pm
A family with two adults and two children under 15 needs to have 375 a week - or 13 a day each - after paying for housing to be above the poverty line. Photo: Pixabay

Only ten per cent of children live in poverty in some parts of the city while elsewhere the figure hits almost 40 per cent, according to figures released by the End Child Poverty Coalition.

Four in ten children live in poverty in the Brightside and Hillsborough consituency- making the area the 14th poorest out of 650 parliamentary constituencies in the UK.

By contrast, across the constituency boundary on Middlewood Road, Sheffield Hallam was revealed to be the third richest constituency in the country with only one in ten children suffering from poverty.

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There are 1,645 children living in poverty in Sheffield Hallam, 5,451 in Sheffield Central, 5,888 in Sheffield Heeley, 6,187 in Sheffield South East, and 11,706 in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough- a total of 30,877 children.

A family with two adults and two children under 15 needs to have £375 a week - or £13 a day each - after paying for housing to be above the poverty line. according to children’s charity Barnardo’s.

The End Child Poverty report revealed that 3.5million children live in poverty across the UK.

Sam Royston, Chair of the End Child Poverty Coalition, said: “As the Prime Minister has rightly recognised, this is not a country that works for everyone.

"In every community, there are children being denied the happy childhoods and the good start in life other children take for granted."

Campaigners called for this month's Autumn Statement to reverse the cuts to Universal Credit or 'at the very least, shield children's benefits from inflation'.