Haringey Development Vehicle evicting 1000 families pours fuel on flames of child poverty damaging health& education

19 March 2017

To the Labour Councillors of the London Borough of Haringey -  they want to demolish their council estate in the  Northumberland Park Ward of Tottenham - see Huffington Post. 

The Haringey Development Vehicle by evicting families will pour fuel on the flames of child poverty damaging health & education

How many children are there with homes in Haringey Council's Northumberland Park estate?

What assessment has been made by the council of the impact on the health, education and general well-being of all the children of the Northumberland Park ward of mass evictions of over 1000 households by the Haringey Development Vehicle ?

The following is extracted from the council’s analysis of the 2011 census. It is certain deprivation has become worse since 2011 and is forecast to become worse again for the foreseeable future as I tried to explain in the Huffington Post.

Below that is a summary of the blog by Professors Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson posted on the Taxpayers Against Poverty website yesterday; it is called "We tolerate overblown salaries and tax avoidance and shocking childhood deprivation in the UK"

Northumberland Park Ward - the council's description. 

 "Northumberland Park is the most deprived ward in Haringey and some areas are within the 5% most deprived within the country.

The following describes a few of the determinants of health  in relation to Northumberland Park. These suggest that Northumberland Park (NPK)is disadvantaged and hence are more likely to experience poorer health outcomes (see health outcomes section. Other determinants not discussed here are known to be similarly disadvantageous within the area).
There is a high proportion of under 20s compared to Haringey and nationally suggesting an increased need for services aimed at mothers, children and young people.

Education levels are lower in the east of the borough (NPK) compared to the west and children from BME groups obtain fewer qualifications than children of White British background. This ultimately restricts the type of employment that an individual can obtain and results in careers that are less fruitful in terms of income.

The Birth rate is high in Northumberland Park and there are a high proportion of low birth weight babies.

The birth rate in Northumberland Park in 2010 was 23.7 per 1000 (see figure 24) which is amongst the highest in Haringey, only behind Seven Sisters and Bruce Grove.

However, infant deaths are closely linked to deprivation, and although numbers are small  there are more infant deaths every year in the east of the borough than there are in the west. A marker often used as a proxy measure for infant mortality is the measurement of birth weight.  Proportions vary from 2.9% in Alexandra ward to 10.7% in Bruce Grove. In Northumberland Park the proportion is 9.6%, which is the 3rd highest rate in the borough."

The Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition has reported that. " Low birthweight has a primary cause in poor maternal and fetal nutrition.  Low birthweight associated with fetal growth restriction is the strongest predictor of poor learning ability, school performance, behavioural disorders and crime". May I add the large increased in the need for food banks does nothing to improve maternal nutrition. 

TAP Health Equality Campaign Blog 6

Child Health, Poverty and Inequality
Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson - Equality Trust. 


How many landmark reports do we need about the state of child health in the UK before Government takes action. In the first of Unicef’s series of reports on child wellbeing in rich countries, published in 2007, the UK came rock bottom of the international league table. We ranked 22nd worst on children living in poverty in Unicef’s 2010 report, and 24th for educational wellbeing in 2013.  In 2014 we ranked 19th worst for inequalities in child health, 20th for inequalities in children’s life satisfaction and 26th for educational inequalities; a shabby record for the second richest country in Europe, by GDP per capita.

The real drivers of inequalities in child health are the socioeconomic inequalities that our current government does NOT see as a priority, does NOT seek to address, and in fact enacts policies that can only make the situation worse.  Austerity economics don’t help, enlarging the number of grammar schools will not help, and demonising the poor won’t help.

What might actually work? We need:

  1. To tackle income inequality, Win a Living Wage for all workers (and by that we mean a real Living Wage, not the so-called ‘national living wage’, which is simply a long-overdue but still inadequate rise in the minimum wage).
  2. A child basic income.
  3. To curb top incomes and the ridiculous culture of runaway salaries.
  4. Serious investment in early childhood interventions instead of imposing harsh budget cuts on Sure Start.
  5. To provide proper funding for preventive services and treatment for mental health issues that limit so many family’s abilities to provide an optimally nurturing environment for their children.
  6. To tackle debt and regulate loan sharks.