35% of children are living below the poverty line

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More than 30 per cent of children living in parts of Hailsham are in poverty, according to a report.

The figures released by children’s charity Campaign to End Child Poverty, shows 35 per cent of youngsters are living below the poverty line in Hailsham East.

Child poverty is measured by relative low income (household earning less than £16,000) and includes cases of parents who cannot afford new shoes for their children when they are needed, and are forced to skip meals to save money.

The figures, which were released in February and reflect mid-2012, show the amount of poverty measured in each parliamentary constituency.

The report also showed that 24 per cent of youngsters are living in poverty in Hailsham South and West but 11 per cent are living in poverty in Hailsham Central and North.

In Pevensey 25 per cent of children are living below the povery line while 12 per cent are in poverty in the Pevensey and Westham ward.

In Hellingly 11 per cent of children are living below the poverty line while 16 per cent are in poverty in Polegate South. 
This is compared to Polegate North which showed 17 per cent of children were in poverty.

In Chiddingly and East Hoathly 10 per cent of children are living in poverty compared to Willingdon which has a figure of 9 per cent and Herstmonceux with 15 per cent.

The over all figure for Hailsham has increased over the last six years.

In 2007 the figure for Hailsham East was s 33.4 per cent and in the Hailsham South and West area the figure was 20.6 per cent.

The report urged local authorities to do more to help eradicate child poverty.

It blamed regional trends in employment and cuts to the support local authorities receive from the government for the situation.

The over all figure for children living in child poverty for the Wealden district was 12 per cent.

The highest level of child poverty was in Manchester which was recorded as 47 per cent.

The lowest was in Solihull which has a child poverty rate of 7 per cent.

On average throughout the UK, one in five or 20.2 per cent of children are classified as below the poverty line.

East Sussex County Council said it had a number of programmes available to help families in the county. It also said a full strategy to tackle the problem would be released this year.

The spokeswoman said: “East Sussex County Council is aware of the data on child poverty levels in the county.

“A full analysis of this data is set out in the 2012 report by the Director of Public Health, available on the County Council’s website.

“The County Council and partner organisations have a wide range of different programmes from ensuring that families get good advice about benefit changes to family support and help for people to enter employment.

“A full strategy for tackling child poverty will be published later this year.”