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The Conservatives abolished targets for reducing child poverty in 2015.

“Tory Britain: – 14 million people including 4.5 million children living in poverty – 12% of total UK population living in ‘persistent’ poverty,” tweeted Jennie Formby, Labour’s general secretary.

“What a disgrace,” she added – and This Writer agrees.

She continued: “Only Labour has policies to end austerity, grow our economy and create a fairer society.”

Do you agree?

More than 14 million people, including 4.5 million children, are living below the breadline, with more than half trapped in poverty for years, according to a new measure aimed at providing the most sophisticated analysis yet of material disadvantage in the UK.

The measure seeks to forge a fresh political consensus between left and right over how to define and track poverty, with the aim of encouraging better-targeted poverty interventions, and making it easier to hold politicians to account.

It finds poverty is especially prevalent in families with at least one disabled person, single-parent families, and households where no one works or that are dependent for income on irregular or zero-hours jobs.

It was developed by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC), an independent body bringing together poverty specialists from across the political spectrum to devise a successor to the child poverty targets abolished as an official measure in 2015.

Source: New study finds 4.5 million UK children living in poverty | Society | The Guardian

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