One in 10 children in Trafford live in ‘absolute’ poverty

ONE in 10 children in Trafford live in poverty, and more than 6,000 more live on the border.

The latest figures from a report by the Trafford Council’s Health and Welfare Council show that 5,051 children under the age of 16 live in ‘absolute’ low-income households – defined as households that have less than 60 per cent of the current median household income to live on after housing costs.

A further 6,230 live in ‘relative’ low-income households.

Across Greater Manchester, there are 123,529 children living in absolute poverty and 151,064 in relative poverty.

In all, across the UK, there are 1,685,298 children in absolute low-income homes and 2,065,267 in relative low-income homes.

For Trafford, this means that 10 per cent of the district’s children live in absolute poverty, and 12.3 per cent are on the border.

But the picture is very different in different areas of the district.

According to the same report, Trafford’s child poverty rises to 44 per cent in a small area of ​​the borough, despite Trafford being the most affluent area in Greater Manchester.

The document said: “Trafford is the least vulnerable authority in Greater Manchester – only 5.7 per cent of small areas in Trafford are among the 10 per cent disadvantaged in England. However, children living in these areas tend to survive worst on a number of indicators of health and well-being.

“The Income Depriving Affecting Children domain in the 2019 indices suggests that 11.7 percent of Trafford 0-15 year olds are living in poverty, but it is rising to 44 percent in a small area.”

The exact affected area is not mentioned in the report.

The Trafford Council has recently set up a poverty truth commission, seeking the views and input of those who have experienced poverty, to try to tackle the problem across the borough.

The group is set to meet regularly to discuss challenges and possible solutions for living close to or below the bread line and the associated problems, which in turn will be used to inform the council and other public bodies about the approach to the issues.

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