Child poverty figures concern Glenrothes MSP

MSP Tricia Marwick
MSP Tricia Marwick

Tricia Marwick MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes has expressed concern after new figures revealed one in five Fife children are living in poverty.

Statistics published by the End Child Poverty campaign showed 20 per cent of kids living in the region are classed as being in poverty.

The figure for Glenrothes was even higher, with 26 per cent of children living in poverty, according to the statistics. Children are classed as in poverty if they live in families in receipt of out of work benefits or in receipt of in-work tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of median income – before housing costs.

Mrs Marwick said: “It is unacceptable that in the 21st century, so many local children continue to live in poverty.

“These figures show we have a long way to go reducing child poverty. While I recognise that work to tackle poverty is ongoing at all levels of government, it is quite clear more can be done.

“I am concerned about the proposed Welfare Reform Bill, which many commentators claim may increase the number of children living in poverty.

“There are a number of excellent charities in the region, such as Homestart Glenrothes, Fife Gingerbread and Citizens Advice and Rights Fife who all do a fantastic job for local families.

“However, these voluntary organisations can only do so much. I will continue to press the case for Government action on child poverty.”