JUST Bulletin – 16/01/2012

National News – News from West Yorkshire –  Take Action – Latest Child Poverty Figures
Impact of Budget Cuts on West Yorkshire services:
Feature Interview with Education Advice Service for Adults Bradford (EASA)
Child Poverty:  Key Facts 
National News:
 
News from West Yorkshire
 

Bradford car insurance premiums have seen the biggest rise in the UK

Closed historic Manningham Pool sold for £140,000

Residents against Kirklees Council in Huddersfield town centre meeting.

English Heritage help to remove racist graffiti from Wakefield monument 

Kirklees families struggling to pay energy bills

A 33-year-old Asian man was left “shocked” after being racially abused in a Guiseley supermarket car park. 

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Feature Interview

The impact of budget cuts on local key services

Education Advice Service for Adults – Bradford

“EASA is a voluntary sector service offering careers advice to adults. Our services are mainly free to residents of Bradford and funded through Bradford Council, although we have lost over 60% of our funding over the last 2 years. We do a lot of community work and focus on those most disadvantaged in the labour market. Over 50% of our clients are from ethnic minority groups [mainly due to the fact they are over represented in unemployed figures!]

We lost half of our staff [5] and had to give up our offices and training rooms. We have had to stop accepting job centre referrals and to start charging people for internet access for job search and providing copies of CVs etc. We have kept the charges to a minimum as it goes against what we believe in to charge at all but it was the only way we could afford to continue with the services.

Charges are £1 per hour for internet access and 5 per copy. We still offer advice and guidance free as well as CV production and job search support for those not signing on at Job Centre”.
Marion Hamilton – Manager – EASA

Child Poverty
Child poverty in the UK shows huge disparities in family wealth across the country, according to a map produced by anti-poverty campaigners.A report, published by the Campaign to End Child Poverty, shows Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency of Witney in Oxfordshire having one of the lowest levels in the country, with just 7 percent living below the poverty line, while children in inner-city areas of London and Manchester face around a 50/50 chance of living in poverty.  Leeds Central is ranked in the top 20 parliamentary constituencies with highest levels of child poverty across the UK
Percentage of children in families on out of work benefits
 

Bradford          Leeds          Calderdale          Kirklees         Wakefield

26%                  21%              20%                     20%                20%

More than 35,000 children in Bradford are growing up in poverty.  A quarter of all Bradford children are in families surviving on less than 60 per cent of median household income – making it the second worst area across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Bradford West has 11,768 young people in poverty (32 per cent) and Bradford East 7,379 (32 per cent) while there are 7,379 in Bradford South (27 per cent).  Tong and Little Horton are the worst areas with 39 per cent of children living in poverty, whereas Wharfedale has just three per cent.  In contrast there are 4,282 youngsters in poverty in Keighley (19 per cent) and 2,744 in Shipley (13 per cent).

Bradford has the highest rate of child poverty in West Yorkshire.  At least one in four children in the Bradford area are living in poverty  The national average child poverty rate is 21%. However, the rate of poverty in Bradford currently stands at 26%, the highest rate in the whole of West Yorkshire.  While Bradford has high levels of child poverty figures, the statistical data highlights the prevalance of child poverty across West Yorkshire.  One in five (20%) children are living in low-income households in Kirklees, that is more than 20,000 children.  Like Kirklees, 20% of Calderdale children live in low-income households. The huge gulf between the rich and poor in Leeds has also been laid bare in the report on child poverty. Levels of child poverty in the most deprived areas of the city are more than 10 times higher than in the wealthiest.  According to statistics compiled by the Campaign to End Child Poverty, more than one in five children (21 per cent) in Leeds lives in poverty.

It is reported that 400,000 children will fall into poverty due to the recent government shake-up of the tax and benefits system. This will raise the total number of children in absolute poverty to 3 million by 2015, despite a legally binding 2020 target to reduce child poverty to 10% or less.

A child is considered to be in relative poverty if he or she lives in a household whose income is below 60% of the average in that year, and in absolute poverty if he or she lives in a household whose real-terms income is below 60% of the 2010/11 average – a period set as a benchmark in this year’s Child Poverty Act.
  
 

Key Facts
 

  • Nearly 4 million children are living in poverty in the UK (after housing costs)
  • The proportion of children living in poverty grew from 1 in 10 in 1979 to 1 in 3 in 1998. Today, 30 per cent of children in Britain are living in poverty.
  • The UK has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the industrialised world
  • The majority (59 per cent) of poor children live in a household where at least one adult works.
  • 40 per cent of poor children live in a household headed by a lone parent. The majority of poor children (57 per cent) live in a household headed by a couple.
  • 38% of children in poverty are from families with 3 or more children.
  • Since 1999, when the current Government pledged to end child poverty, 550,000 children have been lifted out of poverty.
    

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