Friday, July 25, 2014

Youngsters self-harming over poverty has risen by 40% since Tories came to power

Hard times: Self-harm cases are up from 289 in 2010-11 to 404 in 2013-14

The impact of the Tory-led austerity drive on Britain’s children is laid bare in a devastating report.

It reveals the number of youngsters self-harming in Birmingham because they live in poverty has shot up 40% since David Cameron took power.

The Birmingham Child Poverty Review found 84,114 children, a third of the total, are in poverty.

And it says school secretaries have to arrange food parcels for hungry kids in Britain’s second city.

Labour MP Liam Byrne, who commissioned the probe, said: “Child poverty in our city is a moral crisis.
"This is a wake-up call for Birmingham and Britain.”

Self-harm cases among under-18s in A&Es are up from 289 in 2010-11 to 404 in 2013-14.

NHS witnesses told investigators: “There have been far more children with mental health issues.

"Often they present at A&E as suicidal.”