Child poverty

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    Video caption: Marcus Rashford: 'The families deserve the U-turn'

    More than £400m will now be spent by the government to support poor children and their families in England.

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    Video caption: NI government strategy 'essential' to tackle child poverty

    A paediatrician in west Belfast has said a government strategy is “essential” to tackle child poverty in Northern Ireland.

  3. Coronavirus: Child poverty and virus cause 'surge in food bank demand'

    More than a third of children in the North East are living in poverty up from a quarter over the last five years, new figures have revealed.

    Action for Children, which published the findings, claims 39% of children in Newcastle, 37% of children in South Tyneside and 36% of children in Sunderland are living on the breadline.

    South Tyneside Food Bank in Hampden Street, South Shields, said it needs 15 tonnes of food and toiletries to get though the winter.

    The charity has also extended its opening hours from two days a week to five to cope with demand.

    A spokesman said that the coronavirus pandemic had made demand for the service greater than ever and the food bank was there to provide emergency help for people in the area "facing food poverty."

    He said: "We are able to offer a delivery service for people who qualify for a food parcel and are currently isolating, but delivery slots are limited.

    "If you are in need of a food parcel, one can be arranged via the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) housing charities, social workers, children's centres, schools, and health workers."

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