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Friday, 17 March 2017

UK child poverty hits highest level since 2008 financial crisis

The Independent

The number of child in poverty has risen by 100,000 over the past year, new Government figures reveal. 

The numbers, released a week after a Budget in which the issue was not mentioned once, show 30 per cent of children are now classed as being in relative poverty.

A total of four million children are now in families struggling to make ends meet, the worst figures since the financial crisis.

And the overall number of people in poverty in Britain has risen to 10.4 million, the highest level this decade.

The news comes amid Tory cuts to working-age benefits, which the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) warns will affect millions more children by 2022. 

In 2015 the Government moved to scrap its legally binding child poverty target. It no longer officially recognises household income statistics as a measurement of child poverty.

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