This week I met with End Child Poverty to discuss their research which found that child poverty, after housing costs had increased by 2% in Delyn. This means that 1 in 4 children in the constituency now live in poverty.

The End Child Poverty coalition has published child poverty rates for each constituency, ward and local authority across Britain. The research is carried out by Professor Donald Hirsch and Dr Juliet Stone at the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. They have applied a technique called Small Area Estimation used by other research bodies such as the Office for National Statistics and World Bank, which considers the relationship between large national surveys and local administrative data to calculate levels of child poverty at the local level.

Child poverty is asking MPs to support a number of measures: Read more “Child Poverty in Delyn 2019”

I have been provided information from The Trussell Trust relating to the number of people who have had to access foodbanks in the constituency between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. This follows The Trussell Trusts publication of the full End of Year statistics.

In Delyn, between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, 7,155 three-day emergency food supplies were given to local people in crisis, with 3,002 of these going to children.

Across the UK, food banks in The Trussell Trust network distributed 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies to help people in crisis, a record rise of 18.8% on the previous year. Of these, 577,618 went to children. This is a measure of volume rather than unique users, and on average people needed two food bank referrals in the last year.

These figures come shortly after unemployment statistics demonstrate that people without work in Delyn continues to rise to 1,200 – or 3.7% of the constituency’s population. Read more “Foodbank use in Delyn”

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The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions came to the House of Commons to deliver the devastating news that poverty was on the rise to 3.7million people and a rise in child poverty in particular.

I raised how some wards in Delyn have a child poverty rate over 40% and how unemployment continues to rise/ The UK Government have not got a grip on this and are presiding over a disastrous work and pensions policy.

I am deeply concerned by findings made by the Resolution Foundation, in their report ‘The Living Standards Audit 2018’, which shows that typical household incomes for working-age families grew by just 1.4% (in real terms) less than the average (2.1%) recorded between 1994 and 2007. This has resulted in inequality being little changed for the last decade and relative child poverty has “risen to its highest rate in at least 15 years, despite high levels of employment.”

The report states that working-age incomes in 2016-17 were just 4% higher than they were in 2006-07. When you focus on those on low to middle incomes, the Resolution Foundation notes, “the picture is even worse: growth of just 0.3% in 2016-17 left median incomes in the group entirely unchanged on the decade.” Read more “Resolution Foundation Report: Child Poverty on the rise”