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More people will be struggling to survive
6:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
One in four children in the district live below the poverty line, the new report reveals.
It shines a light on the money struggles that thousands of families face, with ten per cent of households saying they found it very difficult to cope on their incomes.
The figures, from 2011, also show that around 60,000 households had racked up debts of £10,000 or more.
And the leader of Bradford Council, Councillor David Green, said he thought the situation would be even worse now.
He said: “There’s a bit of me that is surprised that the ten per cent figure isn’t higher. My betting is that if you ask that now, it would be higher.
“But it’s always been an issue in the Bradford district. We have got some of the most deprived areas not just in Yorkshire, but in the United Kingdom, and there’s no quick-fix to resolve these problems.”
Bradford is the fifth most deprived district in the whole of the UK.
On Wednesday, six local authorities in Yorkshire, including Bradford, announced they would be blocking access to the websites of payday loan companies on Council-owned computers, amid fears thousands were being sucked into a spiral of debt.
Coun Green said the Council also had a range of initiatives on the go to build up people’s skills and support the creation of jobs in the district.
He added: “We are in a situation where people’s wages and benefits have been cut in real terms while their costs, bills and rents have all gone up, so there will be people who were on the border line, in terms of poverty, who have gone underneath it now.”