NEW figures show Trafford is the only Greater Manchester area to buck the trend for child poverty.

Nine out of the 10 GM boroughs have recorded hikes in the rate of children said to be living below the breadline.

But in Trafford, according to the End Child Poverty Coalition, there was a 0.9 per cent drop year-on-year.

Campaigners insist though, that it is still an issue in parts of the area with 23.1 per cent supposedly affected.

In Oldham, the rate has risen by 8.1per cent in the last four years, from 31.8 per cent of the borough’s children living in poverty in 2014 to 39.9pc now.

For Manchester, the rate has risen by seven per cent from 33.6 per cent to 40.6.

In Bolton, this year 6.3 per cent more children are living in poverty than were four years ago, going from 32.7 to 39 per cent.

Rochdale has seen a 5.3 per cent increase, now with 37.7 per cent and Tameside saw a 3.4 per cent rise, with 34.8 per cent of its children now living in poverty.

Bury experienced a 2.9 per cent rise so more than a third, 33.8 per cent, of its children are now under the breadline.

Salford saw a 2.3 per cent increase, so 34.8 per cent of its children are now in poverty and Wigan saw a 1.7 per cent increase to 30.8 per cent. Stockport only saw a 0.2 per cent increase, but 25.9 per cent of its children are still below the breadline.

One Manchester charity said the problem of child poverty has never been solved by consecutive governments for generations.

Des Lynch, of Manchester' s Wood Street Mission, said: "It’s a subject that has never been tackled by any government, let alone the one we have now. The issue comes up in manifestos but then is dispatched into the background.

Thomas Lawson, chief executive of anti-poverty charity Turn2us, added: “In 2001, our government set a target to end child poverty by 2020, yet here we are reporting once again it is rising. Low wages, soaring rents and the stubbornly high cost of living is pulling families into poverty and drying up the opportunities of so many young people."