400, 000 Children in the UK Without a Bed

Many children are sharing a bed or still sleeping in a cot

As many as 400, 000 children in the UK do not have a bed of their own to sleep in, according to new research from a UK charity.

More than this, research from Buttle’s Crisis Point report has found that more than 62% of families in need have been without other essential items, such as clothing for their children and washing machines – a shocking figure for this day and age.

These observations have been reached from Buttle observing that the number of beds it has donated to families in need has more than tripled in the last 10 years. Other household items funding has been applied for has also gone up.

The reasons for this?

Gerir McAndrew, Buttle UK chief executive, has commented on how the governmental budget cuts and changes to the benefits thresholds have continued to affect many families, making household budgets tighter and basic living more of a challenge. This is to the point of families being unable to afford essential items for their children and themselves. Combined with the rising cost of living and the stagnant wages, these factors are making it even harder for families to make ends meet.

According to the research, families in need are relying on sharing a bed with parents or siblings, using a cot, while some children are even sleeping on the floor with bedding. Children need at least 9 hours a sleep a night for them to be able to concentrate during the day – be it on schoolwork or positive interactivity with other children during activities. Not getting a good night’s can have a long-lasting effect on children’s well-being, mood and schoolwork.

Chances for Children Appeal

These findings make the work of charity Buttle UK even more prominent in raising more funding for families in desperate need. The charity’s research supports the reasons behind its Chances for Children appeal, to boost the understanding and need for the charity to raise £20 million over the next 5 years. This extra funding would go towards Buttle’s grants, increasing the help it could provide to families in need of household and other items. The data found was taken from the research and analysis of 125,000 of Buttle’s grant applications that came from various referral agencies helping families, over a 10-year period.

Sources: Buttle UK