Study claims a quarter of Lewes children grow up in poverty

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Roughly a quarter of children in Lewes are being brought up in poverty, a survey by End Child Poverty has found.

In Bridge Ward, 27 per cent of children were being brought up in poverty. The figure for Priory Ward was 24 per cent, while the figure for Castle was 20 per cent.

The figures are similar in most of Seaford, while in some parts of Peacehaven and Newhaven, the figures are slightly worse.

Levels of poverty are increased by high housing costs in the area. In some cases, this increases the numbers in poverty by 10 per cent.

Chris Smith, of Lewes Stop the Cuts, said: “The affluent appearance of Lewes covers up a huge gap between rich and poor.”

The figures come at a time when Lewes District Council has circulated leaflets to people giving them information about plans to build new homes on a number of sites across the area.

While a percentage of the new builds will be affordable, much of it will be luxury housing.

Research by Lewes stop the cuts shows this new housing will have rents of up to £350 - way out of reach for poor families.

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