The UN called on ministers to take more action to protect children’s rights in the wake of welfare cuts [Image: Christopher Thomond/the Guardian].

The UN called on ministers to take more action to protect children’s rights in the wake of welfare cuts [Image: Christopher Thomond/the Guardian].

Of course the Conservatives dropped statutory anti-child-poverty targets this year because they want poverty to increase.

It motivates people to take any work at all, just to have smaller debts.

Meanwhile they and their fat business friends can pay poverty rates to the workers while skimming huge dividends.

It’s a short-term scam, though – businesses run in such a way soon fail. Then the bosses have to employ fatcat analysts to fabricate reasons it wasn’t their fault.

That’s neoliberalism for you.

Austerity policies and and welfare cuts are causing poverty and inequality, according to a damning United Nations (UN) investigation into children’s rights in the UK.

The UN committee on the rights of the child said it was “seriously concerned” about the disproportionate impact on poorer children of a range of government policies, from the benefit cap and tax credit cuts to mental health.

It calls on the UK, which is a voluntary signatory to the UN convention on the rights of the child (CRC), to do more to ensure children’s rights to adequate health, living standards, housing and education are met.

The UN report says it is concerned that UK child poverty rates remain high and calls on the government – which dropped statutory child poverty targets this year – to re-establish detailed and “concrete” measures to ensure it meets its UN poverty reduction commitments within a set time frame.

Source: Poorer children disproportionately affected by austerity measures, says UN | Society | The Guardian

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