Lancashire area named England's worst child poverty hotspot AGAIN in league of shame

Pendle has been named once again as the worst area for child poverty in Britain, according to local figures.

For some parts of the country, almost nine in 10 children are living in poverty. Latest government figures state 2.5 million children from 0-15-years-old have been living below the breadline in 2022 and 2023 before housing costs.

This is more than 20 per cent of all kids and the figure has only increased, with it being just 1.9 million in 2014 to 2015, equating to 16%. For youngsters in Lancashire, the area of Pendle has the highest statistics with 43 per cent of children living in poverty.

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The lowest number is in the affluent Richmond upon Thames which has just five per cent of children in a similar situation. However, on a hyperlocal level, the results are even more stark.

Further north in Glasgow, more than 88 per cent of children living in Govanhill West are growing up in poverty - an area long recognised as one of Scotland's most deprived communities. Nearly 1,150 of the 1,300 children in the area are living below the breadline.

At a hyperlocal level, the rate of child poverty is even more stark in some neighbourhoods in Britain. See where yours ranks using our interactive map:

In Middlebrough, the neighbourhood of Ayresome has the highest rate of child poverty with around 84 per cent.

Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group and Vice-Chair of the End Child Poverty Coalition, said: "In a general election year, nothing should be more important to our political leaders than making things better for the country’s poorest kids. But child poverty has reached a record high, with millions of kids now facing cold homes and empty tummies.

"We know that change is possible but we need to see a commitment from all parties to scrap the two child limit and increase child benefits. Anything less would be a betrayal of Britain’s children."