SHOCKING new figures have revealed that Brent has the ninth highest risk of child poverty in the whole country.
Creditexpert Experian has released new figures after researching the financial status of the 322 borough and county councils in the UK.
And the figures do not fare well for young people in the borough.
Experian has ranked every local authority under a number of different categories.
Brenthas also been placed at 61 when analysing its risk of residents experiencing long term unemployment when compared the rest of the UK.
JacquelineCarr, director at Brent Citizens Advice Bureau, said she was not surprised to see that Brent fared so badly in terms of child poverty, but was shocked to see it in comparison with other local authorities.
Shesaid: “There has always been high child poverty in Brent, concentrated in the south of the borough, but it is quite shocking to see it in a national context. Children’s Centres services are being cut, advice services are being cut, housing benefit is being reduced and there are growing pressures on families in Brent – especially with higher utility bills. Indeed, the majority of people we are helping with our Winter Warmth Fund, money donated to the bureau for clients who are unable to pay high winter fuel bills, are families with children."
TheCAB highlighted that many landlords in Brent will not accept families on housing benefit, making it increasingly difficult for families with children to find accommodation.
Sheadded: "We are seeing many families with debt problems, and we are giving out food vouchers at the bureau to Brent families in destitute situations.
"Child povertyin Brent is likely to deteriorate even further, as since September we have seen many more families suffering both from high unemployment and, when they do manage to find a job, high child care costs.”
ABrent Council spokesman said: “We recognise that child poverty is a problem in the borough and have put in place measures over the last few years to help tackle it including a 20-year regeneration strategy to support those most at need in Brent and the roll out of children’s centres. We will also be publishing a child poverty strategy in the coming weeks.”