Richest and poorest children in Fife separated by matter of miles

One in four children in Fife are living in poverty

Just 17 miles separate the poorest and richest children in Fife.

New figures show 15% of kids in Cupar are living in poverty, which is defined as being in a family living on less than 60% of median household income, or below £248 per week.  

But that rises to over 38% in the Kirkcaldy East ward, which includes Dysart, Smeaton and Galatown.

Across the Kingdom, 17,667 children (24.47%) are growing up in poverty.

That figure rises to 36.62% of children in Buckhaven, Methil and Wemyss Villages, and 38.68% in Kirkcaldy East.

Sam Royston, Chair of End Child Poverty and Director of Policy and Research at the Children’s Society, said: "It is scandalous that a child born in some parts of the UK now has a greater chance of growing up in poverty, than being in a family above the breadline.

"There can be little doubt that the Government’s policy of maintaining the benefits freeze despite rising prices is a major contributor to the emerging child poverty crisis.

"‘No family in modern Britain should be struggling to put food on the table, heat their homes and clothe their children.  

"End Child Poverty is calling on the Chancellor to end the freeze on children’s benefits, and to invest in interest free credit for low income families, to ensure that poverty doesn’t result in spiralling debt."

Areas of Fife with the highest levels of child poverty (after housing costs)

Council ward                                                 No. children                  %
Kirkcaldy East                                                     1,075                        38.68
Buckhaven, Methil and Wemyss Villages              1,448                        36.62
The Lochs                                                            948                          32.75
Kirkcaldy Central                                                  962                         32.35
Glenrothes Cenral and Thornton                           906                         30.87

Areas of Fife with the lowest levels of child poverty (after housing costs)

Cupar                                                                   414                          15.52
Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay                              580                          17.05
Dunfermline Central                                             677                          17.24
Dunfermline South                                               967                          17.47
St Andrews                                                           244                          18.05

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