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In my local area, over a quarter of the children are living in poverty. The way the economy completely fails them and compounds their problems was illustrated by a glossy catalogue delivered through letterboxes in the area.
Based on analysis of the UK government's own Households below average income (HBAI) survey published on 28 January 2014 (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/households-below-average-incom...), the Children's Society estimates that 3.5 million children in Britain and Northern Ireland are living in poverty today.
Three major British Churches have attacked the Government’s Child Poverty Strategy, saying that it fails to provide a credible plan to tackle the issue.
After pressure from anti-poverty activists, the government has announced it is introducing childcare support for low-income working families.
New analysis shows that an extra 180,000 children with at least one parent working in the public sector will end up in poverty due to government policies by 2015.
Of the £950 million provided for additional support with child care, only £200 million will go to low to middle income families on Tax Credits or Universal Credit.
The UK government's childcare voucher proposals will not help those most in need in the midst of huge further cuts the chancellor is planning, say critics.
Welfare and tax changes and low wage growth will leave the majority of UK children living in families below the breadline by 2015, says the TUC.
One in five British children are living below the poverty line, with almost half under the threshold in some areas, according to new research.
The Children’s Society and 38 Degrees have joined forces to call on the government to make free school meals available to all children in poverty.