MORE than one in five Blackpool children are living in extreme poverty, a shock study reveals today.
The town is the ninth worst in the country when it comes to under-privileged youngsters, the report by charity Save the Children warns.
It says 6,000 or 22 per cent of children are living in poverty at a time when the council has to slash budgets. £500,000 is set to be axed from SureStart centres, which help deprived families, while cash for school uniforms is also being axed.
And some Blackpool residents have warned families are close to breaking point as bills soar and benefits are cut. Gwen King, chairman of Queens Park Residents’ Association, estimated as many as nine out of 10 families on the estate were living in poverty.
She said: “I know of one family with five children under the age of 11 and the mother lives from week to week, trying to make ends meet.
“She doesn’t drink or go out, she is a solid mother. But when you see how gas and electric bills are going up, and the cost of food is going up, it’s difficult to cope.”
Bloomfield councillor Mary Smith, one of the resort’s most deprived wards, warned the situation would only get worse.
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