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1 in 3 Children in Cornwall in Poverty

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:02am 11th January 2012.

There is a warning government cuts are forcing more Cornish children into poverty.

17% are living below the breadline in the Duchy.

In parts of Falmouth, Penzance, Redruth and Camborne, it is more than one in three.

The Campaign To End Child Poverty did the research.

Spokeswoman Alison Garnham says ministers need to act: "Child poverty steals away children's life chances. There is a lot of research that shows that children from poorer backgrounds do worse in education, they have poorer health, they are likely to die earlier and they also have worse well-being; they don't feel good about themselves.

"Children benefit from high quality early years provision, but also they need to live in families that are free of debt and insecurity. We also need to look at parents in terms of jobs, helping parents to work, improving childcare but also, providing jobs that are enough to raise your family on".

Penwerris in Falmouth is named as worst off. Local Suzanne Dash blamed rising unemployment, "It's not surprising, there are lots of unemployed people plus it's a seasonal town. The money just isn't available for people to do what they would like to do. They end up in a vicious circle of not being able to get a job and relying on benefits. The longer you are unemployed the harder it is to get back into work ethics again."

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