The Kettering Borough Council Labour Group of councillors is concerned with this latest report concerning child poverty in our community. This comes as no surprise following previous reports such as “Feeding Britain” published by the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the UK.

Families in Kettering are so desperate to avoid being evicted for rent arrears, or the disconnection of their gas or electricity that they go without food, relying on foodbanks to make ends meet.

Attention is required of politicians from all parties to acknowledge the fact that child poverty needs tackling.

We are disappointed that in their lengthy recent manifesto Kettering Conservatives failed to mention this issue let alone plans to address this.

In contrast Labour councillors have frequently spoken out about child poverty and initiated and worked with Pay Day Loans Task and Finish Group at Kettering Borough Council.

In Labour’s recent local manifesto we made a commitment to work to improve the condition of poor housing (a contributing factor to child poverty) and were also committed to work for more affordable housing. Labour will continue to press for action from Kettering Borough Council to assist those on low incomes access the help they need to access decent homes, jobs, budgetary advice and, if needed, affordable credit in order to make ends meet.