Bournemouth children are the poorest in Dorset, a study suggests.
A report by End Child Poverty states that 28% of children in Bournemouth West, and 26% in Bournemouth East, currently live in poverty.
These figures are the highest in the county and narrowly more than “South Dorset”, where 25% of children grow up poor.
“South Dorset” stretches from the border of Poole borough to just east of Weymouth.
“North Dorset” was ranked as having the lowest number of children in poverty in the county. This includes towns such as Blandford Forum, Sherborne and Shaftesbury.
“No family in modern Britain should be struggling to put food on the table, heat their homes and clothe their children.”
Sam Royston is the Chair of End Child Poverty and Director of Policy. He said: “No family in modern Britain should be struggling to put food on the table, heat their homes and clothe their children.”
“End Child Poverty is calling on the Chancellor to end the freeze on children’s benefits, and to invest in interest free credit for low income families, to ensure that poverty doesn’t result in spiralling debt.”
In some of the UK’s constituencies, such as London’s Bethnal Green and Birmingham’s Ladywood and Hodge Hill, children are more likely to grow up poor than not.