228,855 children are living in poverty in your area*

*Local authority areas covered by the geography of the Diocese of Salford, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

*Click here to see the extent of child poverty in your area

The Bank of England Governor, Andrew Bailey, was slammed by ministers in May when he warned that surging food prices could be “apocalyptic” for the world’s poor.  But the “distress” is already palpable here in the UK.

 

A new survey by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation paints “a bleak picture of life for the bottom 40% of the income spectrum,” who found that millions of low-income households are going without essentials, falling behind on bills and taking on debts.
  • About seven million households – “equivalent to every family in the north of England” – went without essentials such as heating, toiletries or showers, or didn’t have enough money for food, in May.
  • Some two million households are now in hock to high-interest “loan-shark or doorstep lenders.”
  • A £15 billion ($18.3 billion) support package, announced recently by the former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, “doesn’t even touch the sides when it comes to the financial problems of low-income families,” the poverty campaign group warned.
                                                                      Source: the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

 

The squeeze is threatening to push the economy into recession, with the pain set to get worse in October when energy bills are due to jump again.  There is significant concern that the numbers of children in poverty will now rise again sharply with families facing huge cost increases in the coming months.
  • Two thirds (65%) of children in poverty live in a working household, where at least one adult is in work
  • 40% of children in lone parent households were in poverty, compared to 24% of those in couple parent households
  • Children from Black and minority ethnic groups are more likely to be in poverty, at 46%, compared with 26% of children in white British families
Source: the End Child Poverty Coalition

 

We support the Centre for Cities’ priorities on what Government needs to change to support immediate spending needs and the implementation of policies to mitigate the impact of inflation, as follows:
  • Increase benefits now (as opposed to April 2023) to bring them in line with inflation
  • Reintroduce the £20 uplift for Universal Credit
  • Provide a one-off payment to households in dwellings below EPC band C
  • Accelerate the retrofit agenda, by reintroducing the Green Homes Grant Scheme and bringing forward the Future Homes Standards regulation
  • Encourage general economic growth, more specifically to ‘level up’ and counter the increase in the cost of living