Child Poverty too high in parts of Orkney and Shetland says Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for more action to end child poverty in the Northern Isles in response to figures published by the End Child Poverty Coalition. In total 1,044 children across Orkney and Shetland were in poverty.

Mr Carmichael drew attention to the disparity of figures within the different communities in the Isles.

He said “In the North Isles Ward in Orkney almost 28% of children were in poverty. In Stromness and the South Isles Ward that figure is almost one in five. Likewise in Shetland, the Shetland Central, had a figure was 17%, significantly higher than the rest of Shetland

"While Orkney and Shetland have amongst the lowest levels of Child Poverty across the country, there are still 1,044 children living in poverty. I would like to work with the local councils and voluntary organisations to identify the reasons for the differences in figures and also then to tackle them.”