Report highlights widening inequalities for children in the North

A new report by the Northern Health Science Alliance and N8 Research Partnership has revealed the extent of the inequalities faced by children growing up in the North.

According to the report, entitled The Child of the North: Building a Fairer Future after Covid-19, children in the North have a 27 per cent chance of living in poverty, compared to only 20 per cent in the rest of England. It also found that Northern children were lonelier than those in the rest of England during the pandemic, and that the collective loss of learning they experienced could cost them an estimated £24.6bn in lost wages over their lifetimes.

This research comes months after VONNE and many other VCSE organisations urged the Chancellor to reverse the £20 a week cut to Universal Credit, which was implemented in October. According to the report, this cut has pushed a further 290,000 children into poverty.

The authors of the report have put forward a number of recommendations for tackling the inequalities uncovered, including increasing the child element in universal credit and boosting child benefits. The report also calls on the government to take action on issues such as early intervention, free school meals and domestic abuse.

To find out more and read the report in full, visit the Newcastle University website.