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.”