Bishop raises plight of Derbyshire children

Press release for the Bishop of Derby

11 June 2020 The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Libby Lane today used a speech in the House of Lords to draw attention to the plight of children in Derbyshire and across the country highlighting growing inequalities and reduced life chances for the most vulnerable.

Speaking to the House of Lords via video link from her home in Duffield this afternoon, Bishop Libby said that the Coronavirus had disrupted the life of every child in the country with reduced household incomes, irregular hours and mounting debts putting already vulnerable children at even greater risk.

She pointed out that in Derby up to 47% of children were now living income deprived households and that the gap in life expectancy between children in the poorest and most affluent areas of the city was now 8.5 years, rising to as much as 19 years when considering healthy life expectancy.

Calling for long term solutions to tackle systemic inequality Bishop Libby urged Ministers and the Government to hear the voices of children in their post pandemic recovery planning saying that their health and wellbeing was essential to a fairer, cleaner and more sustainable future for all.

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