Child poverty

Stephen Hepburn MP has criticised the Tory Government for “eight wasted years of crippling austerity” after recently released figures show that one in four children are living in poverty in the Jarrow Constituency.   

New data from End Child Poverty coalition – which was set up in 2001 by a group of UK children's charities, social justice groups, faith-groups, trade unions and others concerned about what they considered the unacceptably high levels of child poverty in the UK - shows that 27 per cent of children are living in poverty in the Jarrow Constituency. 

As price rises risk pushing ever larger numbers of children below the poverty line, the Jarrow MP is calling on the Government to end the freeze on benefits including Tax Credits, Child Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit that families no longer see living standards squeezed as prices rise.

Stephen Hepburn MP said:

“It is appalling that one in four children in the Jarrow Constituency are now living below the breadline.  

 “This is a direct result of this Government’s eight wasted years of austerity and punitive social security cuts.

“The Tories’ shocking failure to tackle the increasing costs of basic essentials, stagnating wages and their ruthless slashing of social security is leaving working families struggling to make ends meet.  

“Only a Labour Government would put things right.  We would bring forth a £10 minimum hourly wage to help families just about managing and end the injustice of poverty wages and zero hours contracts.”

Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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