A SHOCKING 8,000 Wakefield kids are so poor their families have to choose between eating or putting the heating on – according to a charity.
A survey by Save the Children found that 14 per cent of the district’s youngsters are in ‘severe poverty’.
They say many are living with no money for hobbies, no washing machines and without decent shoes.
And with rising living costs and government spending cuts set to hit families this year, it is feared the problem will increase.
Save the Children’s head of UK policy, Sally Copley, said: “Children up and down the country are going to sleep at night in homes with no heating, without eating a proper meal and without proper school uniforms to put on in the morning.
“No child should be born without a chance. It is a national scandal that 1.6 million children are growing up in severe poverty.”
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh said families were being hit by a rise in VAT, cuts to welfare and rising unemployment.
She said: “I have had people coming to me who can’t afford cots when they move into a house and shoes for their children. It’s heartbreaking to see people in such dire circumstances in the 21st century.”