More than 7,500 children on the Isle of Wight are living in poverty, a new study has found.

End Child Poverty has today (Wednesday) published figures that claim 7,629 Isle of Wight children live below the poverty line.

The research also found that the Island has one of the highest percentages of child poverty in the South East.

  • Kent – Thanet 34.7%
  • East Sussex – Hastings 33%
  • Hampshire – Portsmouth 30.7%
  • Berkshire – Slough 29.8%
  • Isle of Wight 29.5%
  • Oxford 26.4%
  • Buckinghamshire – Milton Keynes 25.5%
  • West Sussex – Crawley 25.5%
  • Surrey – Spelthorne 17.9%

Chief Executive of the National Children’s Bureau said:

“Poverty can hold children back in many different ways. It can mean children don’t reach a good level of health or development, do well in school or reach their potential in employment.”

Anna Feuchtwang added:

“The Government has pledged action through its social mobility policy, but the scale of child poverty that this new data reveals, means we urgently need a wider commitment from across Government to improve the living standards of children, young people and families. In particular, we need action to address the devastating impact of benefit cuts on families, including those with disabled children, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet.”