Glenrothes and Buckhaven child poverty levels ‘scandalous and shocking’, says MP

Shocking statistics show that 26 per cent of children in Glenrothes are living in poverty - that’s one in four.

The povery map released is the first of its kind and was produced this week by The Campaign to End Child Poverty. It shows the rates across every ward, council and constituency in Scotland.

Compared to the rest of Scotland, Glenrothes (26%) and Buckhaven/Methil (40%) rank among the highest in child poverty levels, apart from areas like parts of Glasgow and Dundee.

Town MP Lindsay Roy, responded by saying: “The fact that overall child poverty in my constituency stands at 28% [including areas of Kirkcaldy and Cardenden] is a shocking statistic in its own right.

‘’However that frightening figure almost pales into insignificance in the light of the revelation that in Buckhaven, Methil and the Wemyss Villages it is as high as 40% and can only be described as scandalous.

‘’It is a shocking indictment that in 21st century Britain we have communities where four out of every 10 youngsters are living like this.

‘’That’s the sort of poverty you expected in Victorian times. Successive governments have failed to live up to their promises to tackle the problem, but what is truly worrying is that under the current administration, it is expected to get much worse.

‘’Changes to the benefits system brought in by the Tory-led coalition as part of the deficit reduction programme will impact most severely on needy families who are already struggling to make ends meet as they cope with high food prices, the cost of energy etc.

‘’The government has admitted that there will be 100,000 more children in poverty because of its actions such as scrapping an increase in child tax credit, yet incredibly still supports outrageous bonuses in the financial sector.”

Mr Roy said: ‘‘Our young people are our future and we should be making sure that these appalling levels of child poverty are addressed as a matter of the utmost urgency. This needs to be done at all levels of government – UK, Scottish and local councils – and they need to work together to make a real difference.’’