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The number of children growing up in poverty in working households is set to be one million (50 per cent) higher this year than in 2010, according to new TUC research that the BBC hasn’t reported.

The analysis – carried out for the TUC by Landman Economics – estimates that 3.1 million children with working parents will be below the official breadline in 2018, compared to 2.1 million at the start of the decade.

Kids with at least one working parent will account for two-thirds of children living in poverty in 2018.

Note that these are children in working families – disproving once and for all the silly Tory line that they have been “making work pay”. For whom?

The TUC says that other key factors behind the 1 million rise in child poverty are:

  • Weak wage growth
  • The spread of insecure work
  • Population growth
  • The increase in working families

The research shows the impact of public sector pay restrictions and in-work benefit cuts on household incomes:

  • Families where both parents work in the public sector are the biggest losers from the government’s pay restrictions and benefit changes. Their average household income has fallen by £83 a week in real terms.
  • Households where one parent works in the public sector and another works in the private sector have lost, on average, £53 a week.
  • Households with private sector workers only have seen their incomes fall by £32 a week on average.

Yet the BBC wasn’t interested. Watch:

Here’s another example of what this means: We’re number one in a chart on which the UK should never have appeared.

It shows that more than 10 per cent of UK children are living in a severely food-insecure household – one in which the family is struggling to be able to afford food.

The sixth largest economy in the world!

Romanian children are better-off than those in the UK. Bulgarian children are more likely to be fed.

But our largest media outlet, the BBC, doesn’t want to know.

In his video, Mr Stefanovic mentioned the TUC’s New Deal for Workers rally on Saturday (May 12). The organisation itself states:

“The march will assemble at Victoria Embankment between Hungerford Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge from 11am. It will move off at 12pm and march to Hyde Park. The rally will take place in Hyde Park, finishing at 4pm.

“We’re marching for the alternative. For a growing economy with great jobs in every nation and region of the UK. For a £10ph minimum wage and the right to a voice at work. For public services that are brilliant, funded and free at the point of use. And for a society that roots out racism, sexism and discrimination.

“Why? Because real wages are still lower than before the crash in 2008. Because three million workers are stuck on zero hour contracts, in agency work and in low paid self-employment. Because hardworking public servants haven’t had a proper payrise for eight years. Because our NHS is at breaking point. And because years of cuts have led to poverty, homelessness and despair for too many.

“We’re the trade union movement. We stand up for millions of working people all over the UK. And together, we demand a new deal for working people. Join us in London on 12 May.”

Will you be there?


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