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Cornwall Has More Child Poverty Than Middlesbrough and Hull

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7:00am 30th July 2013

Pirate FM has learnt eighteen thousand children are living below the poverty line in Cornwall.

A new study out reveals our figure is higher than Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Hull.

The Child Poverty Action Group's warning it's costing us nearly two hundred million pounds.

Jennifer is a mum in Millbrook near Torpoint. She said: "Clothing has become so expensive because of the rises in fuel and the tax rises. A pair of shoes is £30 for a child these days - and they're only in it for six weeks."

Camborne mum-of-two Lucy said: "Money's just really tight. It's really tough, trying to pay for the bills and manage childcare. It's just a nightmare trying to juggle everything all at once."

Tim Nicholls from the Campaign to End Child Poverty said: "It is something that's predicted to get worse. Experts at the Institute for Fiscal Studies say that we're going to see, over the next few years, child poverty rising again and this is largely because of the government's cuts. They need to review how these cuts are hitting families.

"Most people have an image in mind when they think about child poverty in Britain of grotty, urban estates. But actually a great deal of the child poverty that does exist is out in rural areas - not least because they are so distant from important services."

7:00am 30th July 2013

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