MORE than a third of children living in the south of Portsmouth are living in poverty, new figures have revealed.
The Campaign to End Child Poverty has released statistics for the region which show the percentage of children in each area who are impoverished.
Based on tax credit data, the percentage of children living in hardship is greatest in Portsmouth South at 34 per cent, followed by Havant at 26 per cent.
In Portsmouth North the figure stands at 24 per cent – 10 per cent lower than the south of the city.
In Gosport the figure is 22 per cent, with 18 per cent in Chichester and 14 per cent in Fareham.
Donna Jones, the leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘While the rates of child poverty in Portsmouth are not alarmingly high they are still higher than I would want them to be.
‘As a local authority we need to work hard to drive this down.
‘We are taking a number of steps to try and remove all barriers so people can live quality lives and children do not need to be in poverty.’
Cllr Jones said the city council had received government grants to help troubled families in Portsmouth.
As reported in The News, nearly 120 families had been helped by the scheme as of May this year.
Nationally, the areas with the highest percentage of children in poverty were Bethnal Green and Bow with 51 per cent, Manchester Central with 49 per cent and Birmingham with 46 per cent.
Prime minister David Cameron’s Witney constituency and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam constituency were among the lowest with seven and five per cent respectively.