More than half of all children in the UK’s very poorest areas are now growing up in poverty as the impact of cuts to benefits continues to be felt by the least well-off families, according to a new study.
The study comes as the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that child poverty levels – a child is said to live in poverty if they are in a family living on less than 60% of median household income – are set to rise significantly over the next three years.
Median household income for the UK is £27, 200, which is an increase on last year, according to the government number-crunchers.
And if you can’t raise a child on 60% of that, feed and clothe it, one might ask why you have one?
A government spokesperson said: “The best route out of poverty is through employment, and since 2010 an extra 3 million more people are now in work and 600,000 fewer children are living in workless households.
But we recognise that budgets are tight, and that’s why we’re helping families keep more of what they earn.
“We’ve doubled free childcare – worth £5,000 per child each year – while our £2.5bn pupil premium programme is supporting 2 million disadvantaged schoolchildren across the country.”
That ‘free childcare’ isn’t free at all.