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Beckenham child poverty numbers among the lowest in the UK

PUBLISHED: 11:05 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:05 21 February 2013

Colonel Bob Stewart, MP of Beckenham, says government still have work to do.

Colonel Bob Stewart, MP of Beckenham, says government still have work to do.

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Beckenham has one of the lowest rates of child poverty in the country, according to stats revealed this week by the Campaign to End Child Poverty.

Just six per cent of youngsters fall into the category, putting Beckenham in the top country’s top 10 parliamentary constiuencies with the lowest cases of child poverty.

Those below the poverty line are defined as living in a househould where the total earnings amount to just 60 per cent of the national average.

More than one in four of London’s children were classed as living in poverty in 2010, and over the past four years the numbers in Bromley have virtually seen no change.

Bromley and Chislehurst had the largest number of cases in the borough with 16 per cent of children living below the poverty line, and 11 per cent in Orpington.

Beckenham MP Bob Stewart said: “I am very pleased to learn that Beckenham is among the lowest rate in the country for child poverty at just 6 per cent.

“However I wish the figure was 0 per cent and therefore the government clearly has more work to do on this matter.”

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