Study shows poverty impact

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CHILDREN who live in poverty will have their health damaged more than if their parents don’t read to them, take them to the library or help with writing and maths, researchers have found.

Experts from the University of Sheffield, along with those from the University of London, found seven-year-olds who have lived in poverty since infancy perform worse in tests than those who have never been poor.

Professor Andy Dickerson and Dr Gurleen Popli analysed almost 8,000 children from those born in 2000-01.

They said: “Our analysis shows low income has a two-fold effect on children’s ability: it has an effect on children regardless of anything their parents do, but it also has an impact on parenting itself.”