Stark child poverty figures in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea are revealed

Figures show the Mablethorpe North Ward is one of the worst areas in East Lindsey for child poverty, with 40 per cent.
Figures show the Mablethorpe North Ward is one of the worst areas in East Lindsey for child poverty, with 40 per cent.
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Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea have been revealed to be among the most poverty stricken areas in East Lindsey, according to new figures.

The Campaign to End Child Poverty last week released figures showing that 40 per cent of 0-19 year olds in the Mablethorpe North Ward are ‘in child poverty’, below only Ingoldmells (42 per cent) in the East Lindsey district. Nearby Sutton on Sea South recorded 38 per cent, with the immediate surrounding areas all showing scores over 30 per cent.

The area with the highest child poverty levels in the country was Manchester Central with 47 per cent.

Enver Solomon, chair of the End Child Poverty campaign said: ”The huge disparities that exist across the country have become more entrenched and are now an enduring reality as many more children are set to become trapped in long-term poverty.”

Lincolnshire County Council’s assistant director of children’s services, Meredith Teasdale, said plans are in place to address the issue.

“Overall, our child poverty figures for 0-19 year olds are 16.7 per cent which is below the national average of 20.6 per cent,” she said.

“The council is taking steps to tackle child poverty. The economic environment in this area provides particular challenges for families and children.

“With agriculture and tourism a major contributor to the job market, there is a relative lack of permanent, year round employment.

“So we are working with agencies in the county to remove barriers to well-paid employment for people, reduce the impact of low income and support the high number of families who move into this area for the summer months.

“The council is working on a Child Poverty Action Plan and has already ensured sufficient, affordable childcare places are available.”