Alex supports End Child Poverty campaign, and calls for meaningful measures to tackle child poverty

Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, is calling for the Government to tackle child poverty in a meaningful way, as new figures from End Child Poverty show that 32% of children in Stockton North are living in poverty

On Wednesday 24 January, the End Child Poverty coalition will release new statistics showing the extent of child poverty across the UK broken down by constituency, local authority and ward. Statistics show that child poverty in Stockton North is ranked at 32%, placing the constituency at 3rd out of all Tees Valley constituencies. To tackle this issue, End Child Poverty is calling for the government to end the freeze on children’s benefits as a meaningful way to deal with the crisis caused by rising costs of living

Alex said

It is an absolute disgrace that 32% of children in Stockton North are living in poverty. The last labour Government made great strides to tackle child poverty but we have seen this reversed as a result of the current government’s failed economic policies and the rising cost of living.

The Government must tackle child poverty in a meaningful way – and the Chancellor should start by lifting the freeze on child benefits.

The percentage of child poverty in each Tees Valley constituency is as follows:

Middlesbrough, 41.9%; Hartlepool, 34.1%; Stockton North, 31.9%; Redcar, 30%; Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, 28.5%; Darlington, 29.1%; Stockton South, 23%.