Published: 13/02/2018 15:00 - Updated: 13/02/2018 12:03

One in five Moray children are growing up in poverty

One in five children in Moray are growing up in poverty as campaigners are calling for an end to the government benefit freeze and highlight the benefits of local child poverty action reports.

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland released the information that 18 per cent of all children in Moray are growing up in poverty as in 2016 there was one in six.

John Dickie, the Director of CPAG said: “With nearly one in five of Moray’s children growing up in poverty the new local child poverty action report that the local authority and health board must jointly produce under the 2017 Child Poverty (Scotland) Act offers a huge opportunity.

“Local partners must use every tool at their disposal to make sure these plans make a real difference to families.”

The worst affected areas in Moray are the region of Keith and Cullen and the town of Forres.

A spokesperson for Moray Council said: “Our Children’s Services Partnership at a community planning level are taking a lead on this and work is being developed around our child poverty strategy.

“This is also very closely aligned to the work of our LOIP which is in the process of being finalised. No formal reports have been prepared as yet.”

A conference will be held this Friday where the growing poverty in Moray will be discussed.

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