Is this the true cost of child poverty in East Dunbartonshire?

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A leading pressure group have estimated that the annual cost of child poverty in East Dunbartonshire totals a massive £24 million every year.

The figures were recently released by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), following research carried out at Loughborough University.

The report estimates the amount spent by councils and other organisations on tackling the issue.

Alison Garnham, CPAG chief executive, said: “We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do as a nation too.

“This research shows that policies which increase child poverty are a false economy, costing the country as well as poor children themselves dear.

“In the last three years families with children have had to bear the brunt of the austerity programme.”

Kirkintilloch MP Gregg McClymont called on the Scottish and UK Governments to take heed of the report.

He said: “With over 2000 children living below the poverty line, it’s clear that East Dunbartonshire’s most vulnerable people have been failed by both governments.

“Unemployment is rising in Scotland while falling across the UK so it’s time that the Scottish Government sits up and takes responsibility for its choices.”

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