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One in three Clacton children living in poverty
10:29am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
AN astonishing one in three children in Clacton is being brought up in poverty, shocking new figures have revealed.
Tendring is bottom of the league tables in Essex, a report by campaign group End Child Poverty claims.
One in four youngsters in the district are living below the breadline.
But that rises to one in three in the Clacton constituency - the highest in the east of England - compared to just over 20 per cent in Colchester.
End Child Poverty says more than half of parents have cut back on food and one in five have to borrow money to pay for essentials such as clothes.
The Barnardo's Children's Centre in Jaywick has thousands of families on its books.
Development worker Zoe Symonds said: "Being stuck at home isn't great if you can't afford to heat it.
"Everything is going up at the moment, such as food and heating and we might see more people because of that.
"People can't afford to heat their home and it's cold so they come her because it is a safe, warm, happy environment for their children to play.
Clacton MP Douglas Carswell said the figures showed urgent action was needed.
"We need to ensure more jobs are available and that people can get back to work," he said.
"The single best cure ever invented for poverty is a job. Encouraging people back into work is going to help more than anything."