Right now, almost 4 million children in the UK are growing up in poverty*. We must act now.

As the cost of living crisis continues, families are struggling to pay their bills, put food on the table and make sure children have the essentials. Poverty is harming children now, and it’s damaging their life changes. Together, we change their present, together we can change their future.

* Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (2022) Households below average income: for financial years ending 1995 to 2021.

Poverty stats from 2022 23 UK poverty stats update - 4.3 million children in the UK are living in poverty, that is 3 in 20 children in the UK

Michelle's Story

Michelle is a single mum of three and one of millions facing soaring energy bills and higher costs for basic essentials in the worst cost of living crisis we’ve seen in decades.

Due to the complex needs of her disabled children, Michelle is unable to work. Although she is supported by the standard Universal Credit payment and other allowances to support her children's needs, this does not cover every day living costs.

With the continued rise in costs like gas and electric, after Michelle’s bills go out and she’s bought food to feed her family, she's left with nothing.

“I’m spending probably £30 a week more on food shopping on average over the past six months or so." Michelle said.

When Michelle's fridge broke down, she couldn't afford to replace it and worried about how she would continue to feed her children fresh food. A grant, as well as food vouchers, from Action For Children meant that Michelle could replace and restock her fridge, keeping her and her children fed.

“In this day and age, you don’t really expect to be in that position. You don’t expect things to spiral out of control so much with the increase in costs."

Michelle, single mum of three

The energy price cap is set to rise even further this winter, with experts predicting the average price of dual fuel bills could hit nearly £3,000 a year. Michelle fears that she will need more help again when she has to turn her heating on in the colder months, as her Universal Credit is not enough to get by.

Your donation could help a family like Michelle’s to stay warm and well-fed this winter. See what difference your donation could make.

What is poverty?

Poverty is a lack of money that leaves families struggling to:

  • Afford the essentials.
  • Enjoy a decent standard of living.
  • Share the simple family experiences that all children should get to enjoy.
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Our teams around the country see the devastating impact of poverty on families every day. Your donation can help.