Capital tops poverty league for England

    London has the highest poverty rate of any region in England,
    with children and pensioners worst affected, according to
    government figures out this month.

    The Department for Work and Pensions report for 2001
    Households Below Average Income, which relates to 1999-00,
    shows that 29 per cent of London’s population lives below the
    poverty line.

    Almost half – 43 per cent – of children in the capital live
    below the poverty line, compared to an English average of 32 per
    cent. And 30 per cent of London’s pensioners, compared with 25 per
    cent nationally, live in poverty.

    Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: “It is particularly
    shocking that in 2001, 43 per cent of children and 30 per cent of
    pensioners living in London should be living in poverty.

    “Resources need to be directed towards the specific problems of
    deprivation and social exclusion in the capital.”

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