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TACKLE LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND HOUSING

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Responding to the launch of the London Child Poverty Commission*, Adam Sampson, Director of Shelter, said:...
Responding to the launch of the London Child Poverty Commission*, Adam Sampson, Director of Shelter, said:

'We all know how crippling housing costs are in the capital. Now that the Government has changed the rules so that child poverty is measured before housing costs are taken into account, it's vital that these children are still counted under any new system put in place.

'Tackling London's housing crisis is a vital first step to reducing the capital's shocking rates of child poverty. As housing costs have rocketed, it's those at the very bottom of the housing ladder who are left to suffer in unfit, overcrowded or emergency housing.

'In the long term, the only way to tackle the link between poverty and housing is to build more homes for those that need them. Shelter is calling on the Government to build 16,000 more social rented homes in London between 2008 -2011, which we estimate could lift 42,500 of the capital's poorest children out of bad housing.'

* London Child Poverty Commission launch

Press release from the London Assembly Conservatives follows

Leader of the London Assembly Conservatives Bob Neill, said:

'We fully support this commission. It is a disgrace that child poverty is so high in a city as wealthy as London. That said, the very fact that we need a commission is a stunning admission of failure by a government that has had almost nine years to improve things.'

The independent Commission has been set up jointly by the Greater London Authority and the Association of London Government. In 2003/4 Greater London had the highest rate of child poverty in Britain both before and after housing costs.

- After housing costs 41% of all children in the capital live in poverty compared to 28% nationwide. In Inner London, the child poverty rate is 51% and in Outer London it is 34% and rising.

- Before housing costs 27% of all children in the capital live in poverty compared to 21% nationwide.

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