Shocking statistics have revealed that almost 20% of children in Bournemouth are living in poverty, with the possibility of the number increasing in the coming years.
A fifth of children living in Bournemouth’s suburbs are living in a state of destitution. The number increases to a quarter when the cost of housing is deducted from a family’s income. A Child Policy Needs Assessment by Bournemouth’s Children’s Trust stated that nearly 36% of Boscombe West’s children were destitute last year. Moreover 2,200 children in Boscombe West, Townsend, West Howe and the Beaufort Estate, are living in poor conditions. Some parents in employment sometimes struggle to provide essentials for their children.
Families Cope With Charitable Aid
This has caused families to seek help from local benevolent groups such as the Hope for Food soup kitchen which has provided necessities for impoverished families since 2012. Claire Matthews, the founder of this group has suggested that this problem worsens during school holidays when pupils are unable to get a free school lunch and parents struggle to feed them. During the last Easter break, the group supported approximately 500 children.
“We’ve dealt with hundreds of families,” Mrs. Matthews told this reporter on 8th December at the Soup Kitchen.
“We’ve encountered families with three kids and one adult living in one room.”
The Institution for Fiscal Studies group (PSE) had anticipated that both child and adult poverty would increase in the UK by 2015 due to government policies in place prior to 2009, and has predicted a continued rise between 2015 and 2020.
With upcoming Christmas holidays, parents of needy children may rely on Hope for Food and other charities for additional support and to attain necessities for the wintry season.