Did you know there are over 8,000 children living in household which are income deprived right here in Calderdale?
We believe that child poverty is an intolerable injustice that blights childhoods and severely harms children’s chances in life. We know that poverty is damaging, but we do not think it is inevitable.
A recent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report estimated that 800,000 more children will be pushed into poverty nationally by 2020 meaning one in three children in the UK will be living in poverty.
We know from our work with charitable partners that children and families that experience disadvantage that poverty means tough choices between having to heat your home and feeding the children, chronic stress and missing out on learning opportunities.
A recent report on the experience of children living in poverty found the key areas of concern identified by children themselves were:
- Economic and material deprivation – anxiety their family not having enough money for their needs and going without the essentials like food and clothing.
- Social deprivation – poverty restricting their access to attend social events and their ability to maintain friendships.
- School – inability to pay for resources needed e.g. uniform, study guides and not being able to afford to go on school trips.
- Poor quality housing, homelessness and neighbourhoods – affected children sleeping, studying and playing at home, as well as, their mental/physical health. Feeling unsafe and there is nothing to do in their local area.
- Family pressures – tensions between parents due to severe financial pressure and children taking on additional responsibilities in the home.
- Stigma and bullying due to visible signs of poverty and difference.
The cost of child poverty on society
Child poverty also has detrimental consequences for society as a whole due to poverty creating social problems that necessitate extra social spending. There is also the cost of adults being unable to meet their full potential as a result of growing up in poverty – including reduced productive capacity in the economy, extra benefit payments and reduced tax revenues.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that child poverty costs the country at least £25 billion a year. This includes £12 billion a year on public spending on services tackling the immediate effects of poverty and the annual cost of below-average employment rates and earning levels among adults who grew up in poverty of about £13 billion.
The long-term consequences of poverty
- Poor children have a higher rate of accidents and accidental death for example they are 13 times more likely to die from unintentional injury.
- Children living in poverty are more likely to be absent from school due to illness, to be hospitalised, to report a long-standing illness.
- Children living in low-income households are nearly three times as likely to suffer mental health problems as their more affluent peers.
- The highest early achievers from deprived backgrounds are overtaken by lower achieving children from advantaged backgrounds by age five. A study also shows this gap has grown by the time the children are 10 years old.
- Young people who have grown up in low-income households are overall more likely than their more affluent peers to be unemployed, working in low or unskilled jobs and to be poorly paid in adult life.
During this our 25th year of grant making we are aiming to raise £2.5m for our ’25 Fund’ the fund will tackle child poverty in Calderdale and other areas of inequality and deprivation in Calderdale.
Please join us in helping the 8,000 children living right here in Calderdale, help us to give them fairer life chances, to grow up healthy and achieve their full potential.
How you can help
- Make a one-off donation by cheque to: Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) and post it to: CFFC. The 1855 Building, Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 2NG (mark the back 25 fund)
- Make regular monthly donations online localgiving.org/charity/CFFC/project/the25fund/
- Make a text donation of £5 or £10 by texting CFFC01, followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070
Visit Localgiving.org/charity/CFFC/project/the25fund/ and clcik the fundraise for us button.
Set up a named fund.
Visit www.cffc.co.uk/donor-advised-funds/ or call and make an appointment with Steve Duncan CEO or Ian leedham Development Manager 01422 349700. Steve@cffc.co.uk or Ianl@cffc.co.uk