Thousands in poverty

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THOUSANDS of children across the Arun District are living in poverty, a government health check has revealed.

Statistics supplied by Public Health England, say the health of people in Arun is varied compared to the rest of the country and although the level of deprivation is lower than the national average, some 16.3 per cent or 3,900 children live in poverty across the Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Arundel areas.

The figures, included in the area’s health profile for 2014, state that in Year 6, 15 per cent or 178 of children are classified as obese, which is better than the average for England which stands at 18.9 per cent.

The figures show life expectancy in the area was 11 years lower than the average for men and 9.4 years for women.

However, rates of statutory homelessness, long-term unemployment, drug misuse and early deaths from cardiovascular diseases were better than average.