Two sets of figures have been released, one by the Campaign To ‘End Child Poverty’ and the other by the Welsh Government, giving insight to levels of need and poverty in Wrexham.
The Campaign To ‘End Child Poverty’ gives a per-ward break down of percentage of children living in poverty in Wrexham in 2012. The Campaign says that there are 5,290 children in Wrexham who are ‘in poverty’.
The Welsh Government survey released today says there are 645 children classified as “in need” in Wrexham.
Commenting on the poverty figures, Enver Solomon, Chair of the End Child Poverty campaign said “Far too many children whose parents are struggling to making a living are having to go hungry and miss out on the essentials of a decent childhood that all young people should be entitled to.”
“Local authorities are having to deal with reduced budgets but they have critical decisions to make. We’re calling on authorities to prioritise low income families in the decisions they make about local welfare spending, including spending on the new council tax benefit, and on protecting families hit by the bedroom tax. ”
A national interactive map can be found here for further comparisons on the poverty figures, with the break down per Wrexham ward below.
The annual Children in Need (CIN) census conducted by the Welsh Government that was released today showed 645 children were classed as ‘in need’ across Wrexham, with 605 in Denbighshire and 425 in Flintshire.
The survey also showed that the attainment gap between those children classed in need and other young people widen as they get older. Across Wales over 20,000 young people (20,240) were classed as Children in Need.
Clwyd South AM Ken Skates commented on this saying “The figures are a sobering reminder of the numbers of young people across Wales who are living in need. Over 20,000 children are identified as ‘in need’ across Wales, 70 of these were yet to be born when the survey took place.”
“In Wrexham we have over 600 young people who are classed as being ‘in need’. What I’m keen to ensure is that we are supporting our local social services departments to deal with these problems effectively and that there is enough resource going into family support programmes.”
|Local Authority and wards||Percentage of children in poverty|
|Borras Park||Below 5%|
|Dyffryn Ceiriog/Ceiriog Valley||10%|
|Garden Village||Below 5%|
|Gresford East and West||6%|
|Gwersyllt East and South||13%|
|Marford and Hoseley||Below 5%|
|Penycae and Ruabon South||13%|