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  • I have one meal a day, provided my Children have free.

  • I'll have one meal if I'm lucky.

  • From the country's seaside towns through the leafy suburbs and rural villages, this is the reality of child poverty in the UK, often invisible or his corrosive.

  • Everyone said, Don't cry in front of her, but it's very hard when you live in the same room.

  • But what happens when covert batters, already struggling families on What are we doing to turn the tide?

  • We need to keep that focus on these Children because otherwise they're going to grow up, remembering us for how we failed them rather than for how we got behind them and gave them the best start in life.

  • It's just fine running a pop up baby blankets, nappies, wipes food.

  • Every week we're seeing an increase of families.

  • Now.

  • Every Thursday in the Hartley Poolside ST Emily opens her car boot to families with young Children in need.

  • We started off with 12 our first week, and now it's on average, 30 35 rising every week.

  • It's just getting harder for people.

  • Money is getting tighter.

  • Emily runs the baby bank almost single handedly, since the march locked down.

  • She's had to take it outside a mix of pop up on deliveries.

  • Covitz up demand.

  • What we're seeing is people said, Please, do you have a court for my child?

  • Because I can't afford to feed on Splash out for a new winter court on What do you say to that?

  • We get one father.

  • We've never turned anybody aware.

  • Yeah, on how shocked have you bean by what's happened?

  • What people are telling you.

  • Horrified just behind me, very close to Emily's Baby Bank.

  • There is a line off getting on for 100 people.

  • They're queuing up for the local food bank, and in amongst them there are parents, push chairs, little babies.

  • We've been asked not to identify any of the people in that queue, but it is a sign of the hardship that's out there in this town.

  • I mean, she got to the pot off the cartoons.

  • Hopefully back then what did you get from her?

  • If some nappies wipes and some baby food at the minute me, I'm gonna spend about the works or it's a bit tougher at the minute there was Ah, lady, I can think off before Christmas who I dropped up to her doorstep, who cried, and she said, I'm so sorry to have to get in touch with you.

  • I'm being unfair loss since the end of my maternity and I just can't find things anymore.

  • And my mom has told me it's time to stop being proud.

  • I went away with a lump in my throat because she was a working parent, ashamed because she could no longer provide way.

  • Are finding increasing fellow are laid off work people coming towards.

  • And I'm so sorry.

  • I never thought I'd see myself in this position.

  • Can you help me?

  • New analysis of government data looks at incomes among UK families with at least one child under 51 3rd of these Children live in poverty that equates toe 1.3 million under fives.

  • In the last decade, poverty's risen fastest for households with Children in that age group and co vids made it worse.

  • By July last year, 38% of these families had seen their earnings fall as a result of the pandemic.

  • For you've got Layla, she's seven.

  • My biggest help and support, even though he's my child, you know her.

  • You've got Annie, who's five, bubbly, outgoing, full of life.

  • You've got William.

  • He's free a little short man.

  • He was a month premature, so he saw his life before his time.

  • And then we've got Sammy, who is in the prime who's seven months out, so full of beans.

  • Cays.

  • A regular user of Emily's Baby Bank, she moved to Hartley, pulled from London in search of cheaper rent, a lone parent.

  • Kay's work much of her life, but not now with young Children on the two child limit means Universal Credit covers her with the oldest to only after housing costs, she says she's left with £600 a month.

  • It's gotta pay your gas, your electric, your water, you cancel tax and any other bills that may prop up and your food.

  • So within a week my money's gone.

  • I've spent out.

  • So then you've got three weeks to 3.5 weeks to the next payday, so it's literally scrimping and scraping off your child benefit, which is every Monday.

  • So you're literally relying on your child benefit to see you through on What does that mean?

  • I have one meal a day provided my Children have free.

  • I'll have one meal if I'm lucky.

  • According to the new report, the north east of England has the second highest rate of under five poverty in the UK.

  • Low income families in Hartlepool were struggling before on the pandemic is making things worse.

  • Most of the chief of shops is closed, the price of foods going up like by 20 piece.

  • But if you work it out, it's a lot sigh.

  • Everything's rise in outside.

  • There's no break, a the end of it.

  • Mhm families with young Children are far more likely to be in lasting poverty.

  • Survivor Parker set up Little Village Baby Bank in London to try and change things, but the report from her charity finds poverty and under fives is deepest in the capital.

  • We are supporting families where babies are not having the floor space to learn to roll and cruel.

  • We're seeing families struggling to get out because they don't have a buggy or a warm coats.

  • And just this week we've supported um um, for example, who is pregnant.

  • She's got a toddler there in a single room with one bed.

  • There's not space for sofa.

  • Let alone a table.

  • These are unacceptable circumstances for Children to be growing up in just what the stickers.

  • So this one is blue, you know, Covert means the charities had to shut its doors to families.

  • Instead, it delivers to them.

  • Its research shows.

  • Some young Children are at higher risk of poverty, not just with lone parents but in disabled families.

  • In households where there are three or more Children on in black and minority ethnic families, it's people like Marcia Cleaner, who is bringing up her grandson alone.

  • But these tuna and there's one more.

  • Yeah, okay, thank you.

  • You're welcome.

  • I'll be back in a second.

  • Two and three Children in poverty have one parent in work, at least one parent and work the families we support.

  • We're already in a very difficult place before Cove is, and I think over has made that so much worse.

  • We're seeing families who are falling into renter is we're seeing families who are having to rely on high cost loans deprived under fives in London live further below the poverty line than anywhere else in the UK.

  • According to the new research, that line is calculated as £375 a week after housing costs for a couple with two Children aged below five.

  • But in the capital, that family would have an average weekly income of £248 for a single parent with two under five, the poverty line is £263.

  • But in London, that family would live on just £173 a week.

  • Vicky's a qualified nursery worker.

  • When her relationship broke down after she had her daughter three years ago, she relied heavily on little vintage.

  • I've always worked, and it was only until I had Isla that I couldn't work because it was too expensive for me to send her to nursery and work at the same time.

  • So I struggled.

  • Vicky is now paid for a few hours a week at the charity, but still needs benefits to get by.

  • She knows the relentless daily grind of being a parent in poverty.

  • It's just like her feet grow in and I'm like, No, don't grow, so only when you look at their little faces, Yeah, and you like, Oh God, I want to cry.

  • It's only when you look at her face.

  • Oh, sorry, all right.

  • And you think like I want to do what's best for you.

  • I want you to have what I couldn't have.

  • I don't want you to be that child that has to go without by no one certain things that you know, you can't have everything.

  • I understand that amongst its many covert support packages, the government's temporary £20 a week up lift to universal credit has been vital for many on low incomes.

  • Even so, in Hartlepool three months into the pandemic, K went into debt for the first time.

  • I mean, I've got myself into loans things because I need to survive.

  • What kind of interest you having to pay a lot?

  • Just a £300 loan.

  • You're paying back 510.

  • My goodness side on.

  • What did you need that money for?

  • Living for food or food?

  • Children's clothes as they grow in.

  • So I Yeah, poverty lurks behind doorways.

  • For the very youngest Children, it can have a lasting impact on their development.

  • But while it can diminish hope for the parents we met, it doesn't extinguish it.

  • Behold him that they get good jobs that they say that I've for two for now, for everything that they've got.

  • And actually, yeah, they better themselves.

  • I don't want any of my Children to be set on benefits, so but for me, and I love to live in a two bedroom place on bond me to be full time work in just to feel comfortable would be nice.

  • But to me, it's not all about money on just seeing a smile.

  • Every day is a lot better than money.

  • Yeah, okay, who has over that report?

  • We invited the government on the program.

  • They declined.

  • A government spokesperson told us, We're committed to making sure every child gets the best start in life.

  • That's why we've targeted our support to families most in need by raising the living wage and spending hundreds of billions to safeguard jobs.

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