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Almost a quarter of children in Bexley are living in poverty, charities say

PUBLISHED: 17:11 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 18 November 2016

New figures show the extent of child poverty in the UK

New figures show the extent of child poverty in the UK

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A new child poverty map has been drawn up by End Child Poverty

Almost a quarter of children in Bexley are living in poverty, according to new data.

The borough’s child poverty rate - 24.7 per cent - is higher than in places such as York and Reading but one of the lowest in London, where an average of 31.3 per cent of children live in poverty.

Tower Hamlets is the local authority with the capital’s highest child poverty rate (49 per cent), while the City of London has the lowest (18.1 per cent).

The estimates, which factor in housing costs, have been drawn up by End Child Poverty - a coalition of charities, faith groups and unions.

The group is warning that the benefits freeze and recent cuts to in-work support under Universal Credit risk pushing more families below the poverty line.

Chair of End Child Poverty Sam Royston said: “As the prime minister has rightly recognised, this is not a country that works for everyone. In every community, there are children being denied the happy childhoods and the good start in life other children take for granted. Our children are now twice as likely to be poor as our pensioners.

“Many families who are just about managing today, won’t be managing tomorrow if Universal Credit leaves them with fewer pounds in their pocket, and if rising costs of living means their money doesn’t stretch as far as it used to.

“This month’s Autumn Statement is a major opportunity for the new government to act to help these families. We urge the chancellor to reverse the significant cuts to Universal Credit targeted at working families and, at the very least, shield children’s benefits from inflation.”

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