Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East has met with Alison Garnham, the Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, to discuss ways of tackling child poverty locally. In Nottingham East 38% of children currently live in poverty, with this figure rising up to 58% after housing costs, in some wards.
Nadia Whittome said:
“Tackling child poverty is my priority for Nottingham East and I want to do everything possible to ensure that local children are able to thrive, regardless of their parent’s income.
One of the central issues discussed with Alison Garnham was around food poverty, and I am pleased to have taken on the role of vice chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on School Food.
I have used opportunities in Parliament to call out the government’s restrictions on free school meals and I have made the St Ann’s foodbank the first organisation to share my MPs salary with me. But there is much further to go for our community and I look forward to working closely with the Child Poverty Action Group to develop meaningful interventions to tackle child poverty in Nottingham East”.