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

Theresa May will be delighted by these figures.

Child poverty campaigners who have called on the Tory government to reverse the trend by reforming Universal Credit simply don’t understand the intention behind Conservative Party policy.

The aim has always been to push the masses deep into poverty so they have no choice but to accept any work they are offered, no matter how low-paying or demeaning. It is a project of subjugation.

Forcing children into poverty provides leverage on the parents, who then become highly piable as they get more desperate to put food in their children’s stomachs.

We already have families in which the parents have to choose which members get to eat, on a day-to-day basis.

In the sixth-richest country in the World, if anybody thought this was not deliberate, they must be living in a fantasy.

Theresa May’s welfare cuts will help push almost one million more children into relative poverty by 2022 and two thirds of those affected will live in working households, according to the latest projections from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The findings will heap pressure on the Prime Minister ahead of next week’s Budget to live up to her claim that the Conservatives are the “party of the workers” and to reverse some of the welfare cuts planned over the rest of this Parliament.

The IFS projects that the number of children in relative poverty, defined as those in a family earning less than 60 per cent of median incomes after housing costs, will rise by 900,000 to 5.1 million by 2021-22.

That is almost 36 per cent of all children.

The think tank also projects that the number of children in absolute poverty, those earning less than 60 per cent of 2010-11 real median incomes, will rise by 600,000.

That is 30 per cent of the total.

Source: Theresa May’s welfare cuts will drive another million children into poverty, Institute for Fiscal Studies forecasts

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