Lincoln has one of the worst levels of child poverty in the East Midlands, according to new figures.
A report published this month shows 22 per cent of children in the City of Lincoln Council area are affected – the same proportion as Derby.
It means more than 4,000 children are in poverty in the city, with some households having as little as £13 per person per day to spend.
Only the City of Nottingham – 32 per cent – and the City of Leicester – 29 per cent – have higher levels than Lincoln.
However, the figure is an improvement on the 25 per cent reported in a City of Lincoln Council survey in 2011.
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney said: "Child poverty is one of the biggest issues facing our country.
"But I feel the debate concerning child poverty, and poverty more generally, needs to be better understood."
Published on Wednesday, February 20, the Child Poverty Map of the UK revealed shocking levels in some parts of the country.
The figures were taken in mid-2012 for the Campaign to End Child Poverty.
In Lincolnshire, East Lindsey was second to Lincoln with 19 per cent, followed by Boston at 16 per cent, West Lindsey and South Holland both at 13 per cent and North Kesteven at 8 per cent.
Lucy Rigby, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Lincoln, said: "The figures are quite concerning and should be concerning for everybody in Lincoln.
"But for me the worrying thing is it's going to get worse. The Institute for Fiscal Studies recently said it expects the number of children in poverty to rise to 200,000 in the next year."