Hucknall kids are living in poverty

ONE of every three children is living in poverty in part of Hucknall, shock figures have revealed.

The Dispatch has been provided with statistics from the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP), which show that in Hucknall East ward, 25.3% of children are living below the poverty line. The government’s target is ten per cent by 2020.

The figures also show that in a specific part of Hucknall East — which covers the Welbeck Estate streets of Broomhill Road, Lime Tree Road and Cherry Avenue — the level is 38%.

In Hucknall West, the figure is 19.2%, Hucknall North 16.5% and Hucknall Central 13.8%.

Now Notts County Council, in partnership with local councils, including Ashfield District, is set to give the green light to a first-ever child and family poverty strategy.

The policy, which will come before a full meeting at County Hall next Thursday (September 22), is aimed at slashing levels of poverty in line with government targets.

Coun John Knight (Lab), leader of Ashfield Council, said:

“We are committed to breaking the cycle of poverty, and we support activity in the Ashfield district which raises the aspirations of our young people.

“We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that local people have access to employment opportunities.

“We have recently agreed to focus on fuel poverty, which should ultimately assist families in our district.”

At a meeting of Ashfield Council’s Cabinet, Coun Chris Baron (Lab), of Hucknall, said child poverty needed to be addressed.

He said: “Given that there are, on average, two children for each family, that means not only have we got thousands of children in poverty around the district, but you can take it that their mum and dad are living in poverty as well.

“As an authority, we should be very concerned about that and we have to address it.”