One in 10 children living in poverty

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More than a tenth of children in Morley experience poverty, which rises to 16 per cent after housing costs are taken into consideration, according to a child poverty charity.

Figures from charity End Child Poverty show that the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward experienced 10.42 per cent rates of child poverty before housing costs and 16.81 per cent after.

Morley North 10 per cent before and 16.15 per cent after, and Morley South 11.44 per cent before and 18.44 per cent after.

Campaign chairman David Holmes said: “These figures reveal just how widely and deeply child poverty reaches into our communities, even those areas generally regarded as well off. Far too many children whose parents are struggling to make a living are suffering as a result and missing out on the essentials of a decent childhood that all young people should be entitled to. We can and must do better for our children.

“Poverty ruins childhoods and reduces life chances. Failing to invest properly in children is a false economy – already child poverty costs the UK £29bn each year and in the long run taxpayers will foot an even higher bill for correcting the damage.”

But the figures for the Morley area were lower than the Leeds average, which the charity said was 16.51 per cent before housing costs and 26.14 per cent after. The figures were taken from November-December, 2013.