Quarter of city children 'grow up in poverty'
MORE than a quarter of children in Bristol are growing up in poverty.
Almost 22,000 (26.7 per cent) youngsters in the city live in "relative poverty", where household income is below £244 a week, according to the latest national data.
The data has now been published by Bristol City Council as part of a comprehensive document showing the health needs of people in the city.
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment will be used to plan health and social care services to ensure they are meeting the needs of people in the city. Poverty in the city tends to be focused in Lawrence Hill and Knowle West.
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Inner city wards, including Lawrence Hill are described as having the highest proportion of black and minority ethnic residents in the city and overcrowding as well as low health and wellbeing outcomes.
In the deprived areas of south Bristol – where almost half are more deprived than the national average – there are issues with people being out of work and youngsters with special educational needs. However, Bristol's director of public health, Hugh Annett, said the city's child poverty is not as bad as most of the major cities in the country.
As well as the extent of child poverty the assessment shows that Bristol's population has been growing at twice the national rate and that there are more under-16s in the city than over-65s, which has been highlighted as a particular challenge specific to the area. There is a nine-year gap in life expectancy between those living in Henleaze (85) and Southmead (75.7).
Dr Annett said: "This is the single most important document for health planners in the city. It tells us exactly how services are being used and where we need to target resources to reduce inequalities."