Poverty report reveals the extent of poor conditions

Councillor Stuart Marshall
Councillor Stuart Marshall

MORE than one in four children in the Hawick and Denholm council ward live in poverty, according to a study supported by 150 charitable groups.

The figures from End Child Poverty claim 26 per cent of children in the area, which includes Burnfoot, live in poor conditions – twice the average for the Borders. And out of 11 Borders wards, only four – Tweeddale East and West, Selkirkshire and Leaderdale and Melrose – are set to meet the UK Government’s target of reducing children living in poverty to 10 per cent or less by 2020.

Councillor Stuart Marshall (inset) commented: “Last week I visited several homes that have both parents out of work, and it’s very sad to hear how they are struggling to make ends meet. It’s vital that as a council we redouble our efforts in helping families on very low incomes.”