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Child Poverty in Thanet hits 25%

Another dubious honour as Thanet tops the list of poorest areas in Kent.

When it comes to child poverty Thanet is well ahead of the pack with a quarter of all children coming from deprived backgrounds. The two worst areas being Newington and Margate Central.

According to one source (poverty.org.uk) more than half of all the children in low-income households have someone in their family in some form of paid work. Which goes some way to explaining that while the figures for poverty in Newington are higher than the figures for families claiming out of work benefits the area continues to suffer with households stuck with insufficient incomes.

Thanet News Network Thanet worst for child poverty in Kent

According to recent figures the child poverty level for Thanet was the highest in Kent during 2011.

One of the issues being fingered for this failure is the lack of quality employment opportunities for younger people (teens and twenties) which would have otherwise helped to break the cycle.

The simple fact is that a child growing up in poverty in more than twice as likely to continue to live in poverty in their adult life regardless of weather they are able to find work or not.

Now that Thanet Labour have a grip on the local authority (albeit a tenuous one) have they got the chops to make a difference?

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