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THE United Kingdom is a wealthy country and set to stay that way.
But not everyone shares in the wealth.
Newcastle councillor Jeremy Beecham, also a member of the House of Lords, pointed this out.
He told his fellow Lords: “I live just 12 minutes’ drive from the ward I have represented for the past 50-plus years. For every minute of that drive, life expectancy falls for people in that ward by a year.
“In other words, life expectancy is 12 years less in the ward I represent than in the ward in which I live, which says something about the problems faced by far too many people – and not only in the city of Newcastle.
“It is sad that teachers at the local primary schools bring in food for breakfast clubs for children attending their school because they cannot be certain of having an adequate breakfast and start to their school day.
And he highlighted the importance of food banks in the North East.
“The food bank in my ward is the busiest in the entire country.
“Again, it gives a sense of the deprivation, which is not universal but is certainly far too widespread for us to feel at all comfortable about it.” Caption Jeremy Beecham