Child poverty in the UK: A few facts

Want to be scared this Halloween? Read this. Five million more UK children pushed into absolute poverty since 2010 seems like a horror story to me.

Benefit tales

Published by the Child Poverty Action Group

*There were 3.7 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2013-14. That’s 28 per cent of children, or nine in a classroom of 30.
* London is the area with the highest rates of child poverty in the country. You can see child poverty rates by local area by visiting http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk.
*Child poverty reduced dramatically between 1998/9-2011/12 when 1.1 million children were lifted out of poverty. Since 2010, child poverty figures have flat-lined. The number of children in absolute poverty has increased by 5 million since 2010.
* As a direct result of tax and benefit decisions made since 2010, the Institute for Fiscal Studies project the number of children in relative poverty will have risen from 3.6m to 4.3 million by 2020.
*Work does not provide a guaranteed route out of poverty in the UK. Two-thirds (64 per cent) of…

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