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A Kent County Council report from February has revealed that 34.7% of children from Northgate ward, Canterbury, are from low income families. Kent Online has since revealed that this makes it the eighth worst area for poverty in the county, with higher rates of poverty than any of the London boroughs. Though eight of the ten highest wards of children from low income families are coastal areas, Northgate is one of the two exceptions. As a result, the Canterbury Society is hosting a meeting to discuss what action can be taken.

Rosie Duffield, M.P. for Canterbury​, says: ‘The report from Kent County Council uncovers the shocking levels of poverty in the Canterbury district. After years of austerity, we need local jobs, paying the Real Living Wage, to push people out of poverty and raise living standards. It has long been known that child poverty exists on our doorstep, but with the recent revelations that this is worse than the London boroughs, we need to see swift action immediately. Time and time again, I hear from families who are struggling, who feel helpless in the face of an inhumane welfare system, further pushing them into the cycle of poverty.’

Alan Baldock, Councillor for Northgate Ward and Leader of the Labour Group​, says: ‘I’ve lived in Northgate all my life. For too long, life has proven to be a struggle for so many families living in the area. I, along with the rest of the Labour Group, despair that nothing ever seems to get better. Time and time again, we see this and it is always the same, with poor housing and insecure employment blighting the lives of so many families.’

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Between the 10th-16th June is National Carers Week, recognising the role that unpaid carers play in society. Though there are up to seven million carers in the U.K., their work is often undervalued and ignored by the government. This week therefore raises awareness about the work they do and this year, the central theme is ‘getting connected’. Despite the fact that in Kent alone there are 151,000 carers, only 1 in 10 across the country are officially recognised. Therefore,  this campaign aims to link up carers so that they receive more support, whether that be through groups such as Carers Support East Kent, or through financial support which some unpaid carers may be eligible for.

Rosie Duffield, the M.P. for Canterbury, says: ‘National Carers Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the hard-work of the millions of unpaid carers across the country. I hope that, in line with this year’s theme of ‘getting connected’, the awareness that is raised helps carers realise they are not alone and that there is support out there. Unfortunately though, despite campaigning efforts from groups, including the fantastic Kent-based group #WeCare campaign, the government has abandoned the promised carers strategy. I want to see greater financial support for carers, with their benefits raised in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance, and the launch of a National Care Service.’

Katy Styles, a founding member of the #WeCare campaign, says: ‘Whilst unpaid carers appreciate the week long spotlight that Carers Week throws on us all, carers issues should be a year long focus for decision makers. We Care Campaign continue to campaign for carers to be valued for the enormous contribution they make to society. We are calling for a national Carers Strategy which would support and identify us all and are committed to ensuring carers voices are heard.’

 

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