Bishop in talks over child poverty

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bishop Nick Baines Bishop Nick Baines

The Bishop of Bradford has met with a top councillor to talk about tackling child poverty in the city.

The Right Reverend Nick Baines had a meeting with Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services at Bradford Council.

Coun Berry said they discussed ways in which the Council and Church of England could work together to help families struggling to make ends meet.

He said they also discussed the potential impact of benefits changes, including the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ on families renting social housing deemed to be too large for their needs.

He said: “We had quite a lot of shared concerns about what’s going to be happening in Bradford and Bradford’s future.”

Coun Berry said they had arranged a follow-up meeting with the Church of England’s Children’s Society, which runs a number of children’s centres in the district.

Figures released today by the End Child Poverty Campaign showed that 24 per cent of children in the Bradford district were living in poverty in 2012 with the Bradford East parliamentary constituency having the highest rate of 30 per cent and Shipley the lowest of 11 per cent.

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