Posts Tagged ‘Child poverty’

Living in Scotland, you may think that poverty is not prevalent. However I read some shocking statistics recently on child poverty in Scotland, which were publish by Save The Children in March this year.

poverty Glasgow

Poverty is defined as a family of 4 living on less than £17,200 per year or £330 a week or a single parent living with 2 children on less than £13,500 a year or £258 a week.

More than 1 in every 5 children in Scotland are growing up in poverty – That’s 220,000 of children

130,000 children live in low income and material deprivation.

Half of Scottish local authorities have wards where over 30% of children live in poverty.

90,000 of these children are living in severe poverty.

Severe poverty is defined as a family of 4 living on less than £14,300 per year or £275 a week or a single parent living with 2 children on less than £11,250 a year or £216 a week.

Children growing up in poverty in Scotland are:

Missing out on the things other children take for granted

More than twice as likely as their better off peers to suffer developmental difficulties as they reach school age

Less likely to reach their potential at school

More likely to experience health problems

Less likely to reach their potential in adult life

 

I’m sure you’ll agree that in the 21st century, these are shocking statistics, these are unacceptable statistics.

What are you doing to stop child poverty today?

Statistics taken from savethechildren.org,uk

 Your children!

There are plenty of people who would love to have children but for one reason or another are unable to.

There are loads of people who have children but because of family circumstances they never see or have contact with their children.

There are those who have sadly lost their children…I’m sure they think of their children daily.

Isn’t it sad that there can be so many people around us who are grieving in some way for children; whether that be a child that has died, a child they have lost contact with, or indeed a child they have never even had!

Isn’t it even sadder that we hear and see so many stories in the news of people who have physically or emotionally abused a child…a child who in many instances, probably trusted that adult to look after and care for them, but instead did unspeakable thing to them which the child will never fully recover from.

It’s because of this that I urge you to never ever take your children for granted…by “your children” I of course am not just talking about any children you are the parent of, but also any children who is in your care at any time!

Children should be able to trust adults to look after and care for them, and teach/show them only what is good, it’s therefore down to us to make sure we do all we can to make sure we do all we can for the children.

Today in my Poverty In The UK blog post series, I just want to give you some facts about UK poverty…

4 million children – one in three – are currently living in poverty in the UK, one of the highest rates in the industrialised world.

Poverty can have a profound impact on everyone affected, a child, their family, and the rest of society. It often sets in motion a deepening spiral of social exclusion, creating problems in education, employment, mental and physical health and social interaction.

Did you know that all over the world, women are likely to be poorer than the general population, and that the same is true in the UK too! For example, women who work part-time in the UK earn, on average, 40 per cent less than men. Likewise female pensioners are likely to have incomes that are 40 per cent lower than male pensioners.

Around a third of all disabled adults aged 25 to retirement are living in low-income households.  This is twice the rate of that for non-disabled adults.

Half of all people in social housing are in low-income households compared to one in seven  of those in other housing tenures.

The UK has a higher proportion of its population in relative low-income   than most other EU countries.

The number of children who live in households where no-one is working is higher than in any other EU country.