Many children are still struggling in poverty
PUBLISHED: 18:31 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:57 12 August 2010
MORE than half the children living in one London borough are living in poverty. Figures released by the charity End Child Poverty revealed 55 per cent of children in Greenwich are in need.
MORE than half the children living in one London borough are living in poverty.
Figures released by the charity End Child Poverty revealed 55 per cent of children in Greenwich are in need.
The figures released last Friday show that more than 60 per cent of children in four Greenwich wards live in families on the brink of poverty.
Woolwich Riverside tops this grim league table with 2,810 children living in struggling families while Bexley and Bromley both have 30 per cent of children suffering.
A spokesperson for the charity said: "Bexley is known as one of the wealthiest London boroughs but pockets of deprivation still exist. Whilst St Mary's ward has only 15 per cent children living on the brink of poverty, the neighbouring ward of North End has 56 per cent children; these young people have significantly worse life chances."
Bromley also follows this trend with Crystal Palace having 64 per cent of children living in poverty whilst West Wickham only has 13 per cent. Project co-ordinator Liz Thorne said "Specific problems that Greenwich faces include poor health, high crime rates and disadvantage in income. Educational disadvantage is a significant driver of deprivation in Bexley. Specific problems that Bromley faces include poor quality housing and high crime rates."
Charity director Hilary Fisher, said: "It is ironic that London is the economic powerhouse of the UK and provides 20 per cent of the UK's Gross Domestic Product yet it is failing to provide for the hundreds of thousands of children growing up within its limits.
"Poverty blights children's lives. In the sixth richest city in the world it is shameful that this is allowed to continue.