The Campaign to End Child Poverty has released its Child Poverty statistics and map of Britain. Merton ranks at the mid-range of the scale among London boroughs for its level of children living in poverty, with 21%.
Tower Hamlets rated the highest at 57%– the highest in the country - while the outer London boroughs of Kingston and Richmond are running at 16% and 12% respectively at the lower end of the scale.
However, the rate for Wimbledon council wards within Merton is 11%. The specific breakdown for the Wimbledon area is as follows:
Cannon Hill 10%
Lavender Fields 31%
Merton Park 10%
Raynes Park 11%
West Barnes 14%
Wimbledon Park 11%.
Four million children - one in three - are currently living in poverty in the UK according to the End Child Poverty Campaign. This is one of the highest rates in the industrialised world.
"Poverty can have a profound impact on the child, their family, and the rest of society. It often sets in motion a deepening spiral of social exclusion, creating problems in education, employment, mental and physical health and social interaction," said the Campaign.
*The Campaign to End Child Poverty is made up of more than 150 organisations from civic society including children’s charities, child welfare organisations, social justice groups, faith groups, trade unions and others, united in our vision of a UK free of child poverty. To find out how you can help go to http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/why-end-child-poverty.
March 21, 2011