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More Tyneside children are falling into poverty.

CHILDREN are falling into poverty at a faster rate across Tyneside than inner city London, new figures show.

Newcastle and South Tyneside are listed as among the top 20 most deprived local authority areas for youngsters to live.

However, of that top 20, the two areas, as well as Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, are the only districts to see a jump in figures since 2011.

The report, released by End Child Poverty, a coalition of 100 charities hoping to stamp out poor conditions for children, shows figures rose from 31% to 33% in Newcastle and from 28%to 31% in South Tyneside.

This compares to Tower Hamlets in London, where, while remaining the local authority area with the most number of children in poverty, numbers have declined from 52% to 42 % in the same period.

In Islington figures also dropped from 43% to 34%.

The report describes the region as worsening while other areas with traditionally high concentrations of poverty begin to improve.

The report said: "In particular, there are considerably fewer children in inner London Boroughs in out-of-work families than a year ago.

"On the other hand, in the North East, the situation has deteriorated."

The report which breaks down poverty levels to ward level, shows Walker in Newcastle has 56% of its children in need and in Felling, Gateshead the figure is 49%.

The campaign is now urging local authorities to prioritise low income families in decisions regarding welfare spending and to protect them from bedroom tax penalties.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Feb 20, 2013
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