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23.3% of local kids in poverty

Thursday, 24 November 2016

23.3% of local kids in poverty thumbnailNorth Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey.

RECENT figures revealing that 23.3% of Ballymoney children are living in poverty, rising to 34% in other areas prompted the End Child Poverty (ECP) coalition to urge the Stormont Executive to "prioritise support for children living in poverty." The Chronicle subsequently contacted two Ballymoney based MLA's, the DUP's Mervyn Storey and Sinn Fein's Philip McGuigan to find out what the Executive is doing to tackle this issue.
Mr Storey has now written to the Minister of Communities to find out how the (draft) Programme for Government delivery plans will be delivered in Ballymoney.
While Mr McGuigan has called for power over taxes and benefit levels to be transferred from Westminster to Stormont.
23.3% of children in the former Ballymoney borough area are living in poverty with the figure being 22.1% for North Antrim and 24% for NI as a whole.
The highest levels, at 34% are found in the Foyle, North and West Belfast constituencies.
Peter Bryson, End Child Poverty spokesperson said: "This shocking map of poverty across NI demonstrates just how widely and deeply child poverty reaches into our communities.
“We urge the Executive to protect the poorest children from the effect of cuts to household income and support all local areas to end child poverty once and for all. The Executive should prioritise tackling child poverty across all departments to allow the poorest children to have the best start in life, as promised by the Programme for Government."

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