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Figures Released Show That 22 Per Cent Of Barnsley's Children Are In Poverty

Wednesday March 6 2013

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

MP MICHAEL Dugher has highlighted very concerning figures that show 22 per cent of children in Barnsley are living in poverty.

The figures published by the campaign ‘End Child Poverty’ have shown that the number of children in poverty in 2012 in Barnsley was 10,996 - 22 per cent.

A child is considered to be living in poverty if their household income is less than 60 per cent of averages wages. Last year that figure equated to £251 per week.

“These figures are of great concern,'' said the Barnsley East MP, whose own constituency figure is at 24 per cent.

''It's not acceptable that in Barnsley it's estimated that almost a quarter of children are living in poverty. The government needs to reassess the sheer scale of its cuts and unfair policies like bedroom tax to ensure that it doesn't grow.''

Here's a list of the figures:

- Cudworth: 25%
- Darfield: 24%
- Hoyland Milton: 22%
- North East: 23%
- Rockingham: 18%
- Stairfoot: 29%
- Wombwell: 23%
- Worsbrough: 30%

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Reply Posted by Mappman on Monday March 11 2013 at 15:09
So what do they call poverty?
The root problem is these children's are in so called poverty because their parents choose to spend their money on cigs, beer, drugs, Sky TV and mobile phones before their children this is not poverty it's BAD PARENTING and what needs fixing.

Reply Posted by cpc on Saturday May 11 2013 at 16:15
Refering to the ignorant comment, it is not bad parenting that creates child poverty. I work 2 part time jobs, do not smoke, do not take drugs I do not have sky or any other luxury but what I do have is a disabled husband and a child at primary school . Our household falls in to the poverty line category resulting in my child living in child poverty. People should not class everyone the same a lot of parents out there are doing their best and work hard to provide for their kids, but sometimes life can be cruel and when it takes a turn for the worse theres little help out there only ignorant people without a clue of what its really like making stupid comments

Reply Posted by Graham on Saturday May 11 2013 at 16:32
I agree with Mappman, It is poor parenting that should be investigated. A lack of education leads to parents, through ignorance, making incorrect and selfish decisions. Decent parents ensure that adequate provision is made for their children and they only have children who they know they can support. Nevertheless, I sympathise with the situation which cpc (above) finds herself in