Number of children in poverty surges by 100,000 in a year - Our response

Posted by Media team / Thursday 22 March 2018 /
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Government statistics published today (Thursday) show 4.1 million children are now living in relative poverty – this equates to 30 per cent of children.

Action for Children’s Director of Policy and Campaigns Imran Hussain said:

“Every child deserves the best in life, but today’s child poverty figures show that too many are still missing out on the childhoods and opportunities most children get growing up.

“Today’s figures are almost double what the main parties vowed to achieve by 2020 when they signed up to the Child Poverty Act. This failure is made more depressing by the fact that while independent projections are warning that the figures are likely to get much worse in the next few years, the Government still has no serious plan for getting child poverty numbers down.

“What’s needed is a broad, cross-government strategy, with clear targets and milestones, to reduce child poverty rates and which looks to fix Universal Credit, so it leaves families better off, not worse off, and which adequately funds children’s services, so we can get the right help to children as early as we can and spend less on costly late interventions. With children’s centres closing at the rate of one a week since 2010, we’re just storing up trouble for the future.”