Thursday, 22 February 2018

Bradford MP Imran Hussain says Chancellor must act to cut poverty

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BRADFORD: Another four thousand children in Bradford could fall into poverty in the next five years, a Bradford MP has warned. Imran Hussain, MP for Bradford East, has issued the warning following a report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies., which found national absolute child poverty is set to rise form 27.5 per cent in 2014 to 30.3 per cent in 2022. Mr Hussain said if the increase is applied locally, it would mean an extra 1,300 children in poverty in his constituency, almost 40 per cent of children in the area, and 4,000 more children across the city. He said: “Child poverty has huge costs for society, not just morally, but materially too as it has significant detrimental impacts on household spending power and future prospects for children. “The Chancellor must therefore not ignore this report at the Spring Budget, and if the Chancellor does not act, we risk condemning another generation to a cycle of poverty.”

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