Bedford Borough child poverty: How does your area compare?

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FOLLOWING our report last week which revealed that 20 per cent of children in Bedford Borough are living in poverty here are the figures for each area.

The Bedford figures fall just below the national average of 21 per cent, while in Central Bedfordshire 12 per cent of children live in poverty.

These statistics amount to one in five children in Bedford Borough and one in eight in Central Bedfordshire.

Chris Johnson, who is currently working to set up a youth group in the former Porter Black’s pub in Bedford town centre, said: “This is a devastating picture and it is very upsetting to hear this news.

“If young people are living in poverty it is important to create schemes which show them that life can be better and they can aspire to better themselves.

“Sadly it is often harder than that but we can offer people to listen and a place to come and have fun.”

The research, conducted by Loughborough University on behalf of The Prince’s Trust, has prompted calls from the charity for greater equality.

Graham Ball, director of The Prince’s Trust in the East of England, said: “The aspiration gap between the East of England’s richest and poorest young people is creating a youth underclass who tragically feel they have no future.

“We simply cannot ignore this inequality.

“The Prince’s Trust is helping the region’s most disadvantaged young people build the skills, self esteem and aspirations they need to free themselves from a life of poverty and unemployment.”

According to the study Bedford Borough’s poorest communities are Queens Park and Kingsbrook in which 36 per cent of children live in poverty in each ward.

The richest communities are Bromham, Oakley, Sharnbrook and Carlton, where four per cent of children live below the poverty line.

Brickhill 13 per cent

Bromham 4 per cent

Carlton 4 per cent

Castle 21 per cent

Cauldwell 34 per cent

Clapham 11 per cent

De Parys 9 per cent

Eastcotts 23 per cent

Goldington 31 per cent

Great Barford 15 per cent

Harpur 24 per cent

Harrold 11 per cent

Kempston East 19 per cent

Kempston North 24 per cent

Kempston South 21 per cent

Kingsbrook 36 per cent

Newnham 16 per cent

Oakley 4 per cent

Putnoe 11 per cent

Queen’s Park 36 per cent

Riseley 7 per cent

Roxton 11 per cent

Sharnbrook 4 per cent

Turvey 8 per cent

Wilshamstead 12 per cent

Wootton 13 per cent

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