Is Marcus Chown correct?

I think he may be.

The number of children in poverty across the UK has surged by 100,000 in a year, new figures show, prompting calls for ministers to urgently review cuts to child welfare.

Government statistics published on Thursday show 4.1 million children are now living in relative poverty after household costs, compared with four million the previous year, accounting for more than 30 per cent of children in the country.

Compared to the overall population, children remained the most likely to be in relative poverty, at almost one in three compared with 21 per cent of working age adults and 16 per cent of pensioners.

Of course, Tories don’t care how many children are in poverty.

They care how many of us know about it, and how many of us care enough to want a government that won’t throw children into poverty and debt, for the enrichment of those who are old and privileged.

That’s why it is far more likely that they will alter definitions of poverty – they’ve tried it before – to hide the facts.

People love statistics.

And they forget that the figures can be fiddled.


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