More than 25,600 children in coronavirus hotspot Leicester are living in poverty, with deprivation set to soar further as the city extends lockdown, Save the Children warns.
After a spike in new coronavirus cases, Leicester has been forced to stay in lockdown for two more weeks. The city is among the top 20% most deprived areas of the country, and children in Leicester are over four times more likely to be living in poverty than those in wealthier areas of the country. More than one in four (27%) of children in Leicester live in poverty before housing costs are taken into account.
Recent polling by Save the Children and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that families on Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit are struggling to afford food and utilities such as gas and electricity, with two thirds going into debt since the start of lockdown. With lockdown measures extended, families on low incomes will be forced to struggle for even longer.
Other coronavirus hotspots said to be at risk of local lockdowns include Bradford, Barnsley, Rochdale and Oldham, which have some of the highest rates of deprivation in England. Over 100,000 children in these areas are already living in poverty and could be at even greater risk if lockdowns are extended.
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