Poverty is a real issue for local children

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IT is a sobering thought that more than one in four children in Hastings are growing up in poverty.

Too many are living without the basics that many of us take for granted - clean clothes, a bed of their own and books to read at bedtime.

Worryingly, a new report by The Prince’s Trust and RBS reveals that there is nothing short of an aspiration chasm between the region’s richest and poorest young people, with those from deprived homes feeling that it will be impossible for them to achieve their goals.

We simply cannot ignore this inequality.

If we fail to support our most vulnerable young people now, Hastings could end up with a youth underclass, who tragically feel that they have no future.

Prince’s Trust schemes boost young people’s confidence, while making a positive impact in their communities. Crucially, they also help to break the cycle of poverty across the region.

But The Prince’s Trust cannot support these young people alone.

Only by working together with employers and local authorities can we raise their aspirations, transforming their lives for good. By helping these young people today, we are breaking the cycle of poverty tomorrow.

To find out more about The Prince’s Trust, please visit www.princes-trust.org.uk.

NATALIE ROSS

Acting regional director

The Prince’s Trust, London and the South East