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Lucy Powell MP worried about “horrendous" child poverty statistics in Greater Manchester Poverty Commission Report

magnifying-glass.jpg.ashx.jpgManchester Central MP Lucy Powell has welcomed a Greater Manchester Poverty Commission report published today, highlighting shocking levels of poverty and dealing with causes and consequences of poverty.

Moss Side, Ancoats and Clayton and Hulme all in Lucy’s constituency; represent 3 of the 4 highest levels of child poverty across Greater Manchester with more than 50% of children living in poverty.

The report highlights a range of issues where actions is needed from fuel prices, childcare, food banks, access to legal aid and low pay.

Lucy Powell MP for Manchester Central said;

I am deeply sad that the highest areas of child poverty across Greater Manchester are in my constituency. It is horrendous that more than 50% of children in Moss Side, Hulme, Ancoats and Clayton live in poverty and these figures should shock us all.

Too many people in work don’t earn enough to live and that is why I support introducing a Living Wage and I'm campaigning for better support with childcare and the costs of living.

This Government’s policies run in the opposite direction to almost every recommendation in the report and the cuts to both in work and out of work benefits which the Tories and Lib Dems forced through last week will only make this worse.

The full reports are available at

http://www.manchester.anglican.org/upload/userfiles/file/pdf/Church%20&%20Society/GMPC%20Evidence%20Report.pdf

http://www.povertymanchester.org/sites/default/files/GMPC%20Recommendations%20Report.pdf

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