The Government needs to hear the voice of Erdington’s children in poverty

New figures published have revealed that 9692 children are living in poverty in Birmingham Erdington.

The End Child Poverty coalition is calling on the Government to use the upcoming Autumn Statement to end the freeze on children’s benefits and to reverse the sharp cuts being introduced to in-work benefits under Universal Credit.

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Alison Foden from Home-Start, a charity offering frontline support to families, said:

“Nationally and in Birmingham, isolation has always been cited as one of the main reasons for a family turning to Home-Start for help.

“In the last 12 months Home-Start Stockland Green has seen a significant increase in the amount of families who are living below the poverty line or struggling to cope financially.

“There are many reasons why child poverty is an issue, but welfare reform, the implementation of universal credit and a lack of affordable housing has compounded the problem, as has the increase of pay day loan companies who target vulnerable families.”

Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington said:

“Sharp cuts mean that as prices rise, low income families will find it increasingly hard to pay for basic essentials like food or to keep their kids warm. At the same time, recent reductions to in work support under Universal Credit further penalise low income working families – risking pushing more working families below the poverty line.

“Erdington is rich in talent but one of the poorest constituencies in the country. The working poor are relying more and more on charities such and food banks to get by and that just isn’t right. The Tory Government must do more to help those in need.”