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Rise in low income families in Aylesbury Vale

More children are now living in families with a low income according to new figures.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 12:47pm 10th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Rise in low income families in Aylesbury Vale

More children in Aylesbury Vale are from low income families. 

New figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show more children in Aylesbury Vale are living in low income families. 

In 2018-19 12.8% of children under the age of 16 were ion a family with relatively low income - up from 12.5% for 2017-18. 

This means that 5,291 children in the area are now coming from low income families, although is still below the national average of 18.4%.

To be counted in these statistics a family has to have claimed Universal Credit, Tax Credits or Housing Benefit at some point in the year. 

The Childrens Society says that these figures should appall people.

Dr Sam Royston, director of policy and research at the charity, said:

"Living in poverty has a hugely damaging effect on children’s lives, leaving them more likely to experience low well-being, poor mental health and with poorer future prospects.

“Without substantial intervention the coronavirus will undoubtedly unleash further harm to the poorest in society. There is no time to waste."

They are calling for the Government to end the five week wait for Universal Credit, suspend No Recourse to Public Funds condition which prevents lots of families from accessing benefits and make a long term commitment to local welfare assistance.

Helen Barnard, acting director of the think tank Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said an uplift of £20 per week for families with children claiming Universal Credit would keep many from being pulled into poverty.

She said:

"Children growing up in poverty are locked out of opportunities and unable to take part in society to the same extent as their peers. As a compassionate society, we cannot accept this.

“The coronavirus crisis has shown us that we want to support each other and protect each other from harm.

“By taking action now, we can ensure that the human suffering of this tragic pandemic is not compounded by rising child poverty, damaging life chances and holding a generation back in the years to come.”

A Government spokesman said the number of children and pensioners in absolute poverty has fallen by 200,000 compared to 2010.

He added:

“This government is wholly committed to supporting the lowest-paid families and has already taken significant steps including raising the living wage, ending the benefit freeze and increasing work incentives.

“We’re giving councils an unprecedented package of support, including £4.3 billion of emergency funding during the coronavirus pandemic and we have injected over £6.5 billion into the welfare system, including increasing Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit by up to £1,040 a year.”

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