A little reminder of the number of children, in the UK, who were in poverty BEFORE the latest Tory cuts took effect.

SPeye Joe has some useful figures for you. In fact, some of you may be affected by them. But who cares, right? We could be at war with Spain soon…

A quarter of a million children will be put into poverty from today says the headline in a very good Guardian article over the Tory policy change to limit tax credits to just the first two children.

In fact it is a further and additional 250,000 children and this tax credit change is not the worst Tory welfare policy in this respect as the reductions in the overall benefit cap limit implemented from November 2016 will see many more children put into poverty.

On average each benefit-capped household will have 3.34 children so the DWP disingenuous estimate of this affecting 88,000 UK households is 294,000 children put into poverty and the Chartered Institute of Housing estimate of 116,000 households will mean 387,000 children put into poverty. This figure are real and happening right now unlike the 250,000 children pushed into poverty with the tax credits that will take a few years to materialise.

Poverty? – There are so many definitions of the word poverty in use that it has become almost meaningless and my definition here is a simple one. Welfare benefit decision notices after detailing what the person is entitled to say This is the minimum amount the law says you need or similar wording and thus anything below that is in my view poverty.

The UK welfare system pays at a very low level and a report of the Council of Europe (nothing to do with EU) said in 2014 that Job Seekers Allowance and other welfare benefits were, and I quote, manifestly inadequate to begin with which suggests my simple definition of a poverty level is set too high.

Now read on: Tory Austerity & Child Poverty – Does anybody care?

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