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Child poverty hotspots revealed

11th January 2012

Campaigners have said the government must act to reduce "shameful" levels of child poverty in Scotland.

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Recent data suggests that one third of children in 13 councils in Scotland are living in areas of serious poverty.

The figures showed the most deprived areas were Fife, Aberdeen, Stirling, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

The group of campaigners, from the Campaign to End Child Poverty, have produced a map which shows the levels of poverty in every ward, council and constituency in the country.

The classifications used in the map deem a child to be living in poverty if their family's income is 60% less than the median before housing costs.

John Dickie, speaking on behalf of Scottish members of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, said: "It is shameful that in almost every part of our country there are children who are missing out and seeing their future life chances seriously harmed.

"With public spending budgets under severe pressure the need to invest to prevent the numbers of children living in poverty spiralling is greater than ever." 

 

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