Two areas of Eastbourne are in the top 10% for child poverty in England.
In both Langney and Sovereign wards, 39% of children are living in poverty, according to a new report, Sussex Uncovered 2: Bridging the Gap, released by Sussex Community Foundation.
“The first Sussex Uncovered report was the first report to give a broad view of issues facing local communities across the entirety of Sussex,” says Chief Executive Kevin Richmond. “It found that Sussex is a great place to live if you can afford it. In this report, we wanted to look in a more qualitative way to uncover what is going on at the grassroots.”
Since the first report three years, ago, the group says the Government’s austerity measures are having a real impact on the whole of Sussex.
“We asked a number of the groups that we have funded to tell us about the services they provide, how they are managing the new funding environment and their hopes for the future. Their views and experiences are reflected in this report,” says Mr Richmond.
The average salary in Sussex is £28,752, which is the lowest in the South East and below the average for the South East and England.