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Kate hits out at unacceptable local child poverty levels in Trafford

Kate has expressed her anger at new statistics showing that, in some areas of Trafford, almost half of children are growing up in poverty.

Statistics published from the End Child Poverty Coalition of charities show that 49 per cent of children in Clifford ward in Old Trafford, in the north of the borough, are in poverty.

The figures show that there are huge contrasts in the levels of child poverty across the borough of Trafford.

41 per cent of children are growing up in poverty in Bucklow St Martins, which includes Partington, Carrington and parts of Sale, compared with just six per cent in Timperley.

The contrast is particularly stark between the north and south of the borough. Across the constituency of Stretford and Urmston, 30 per cent of children are in poverty compared with 14 per cent in neighbouring Altrincham and Sale West.

The lack of affordable housing in the borough is also increasing child poverty levels. High housing costs in Trafford push a further four thousand children into poverty. 

According to the housing charity, Shelter, Trafford is one of the most unaffordable boroughs in the North West for renters.

Kate has written to the leader of the Council, Sean Anstee, to demand action to reduce child poverty locally.

Kate said, “I’m appalled that, in some areas of Trafford, almost half of all children are growing up in poverty.

“It’s disgraceful that any child should have to start out in a household where their parents are trying to make ends meet and struggling to afford things like school uniforms.

“I find it especially shocking that there are such great differences in the levels of poverty between different wards in Trafford. It’s obvious that under the Tories, where you grow up really affects your chances of a good start in life.

“We can’t tolerate such unequal treatment of children. I’ll press the government and the Council at every opportunity to reduce the number of children in poverty in our area.”

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