The cumulative impact of current Conservative government changes to state benefits means child poverty will double, in comparison with the current level.
It is currently understood that 4.1 million children are in poverty. That’s 30 per cent of all children.
So Tory cuts will put 60 per cent of children in poverty, if the number of children in the UK remains steady; 8.2 million youngsters.
That’s shameful enough; 18 children in every classroom of 30 will be in poverty thanks to Tory policies in very short order.
But that’s not the worst of it.
You need to understand that child poverty has already increased by nearly three-fifths under the cuts the Tories have already imposed.
In 2009-10, there were only 2.6 million children in poverty. And that was considered too many by the Labour government of the day.
So the latest research shows child poverty is expected to have more-than-tripled since 2010, by the time the Conservative cuts really bite.
This means the childhood of 60 per cent of people will be blighted by the Conservatives.
Half of them – nine children in every classroom of 30 – will not be able to go on holiday for even one week in the year.
By the time they take their GCSEs, there will be a 27 per cent achievement gap between pupils on free school meals and their colleagues with wealthier parents.
The effects continue through later life. Men in the most deprived areas of England die an average of 9.2 years earlier than those in the least deprived areas – and spend 14 per cent less of their lives in good health. The statistics for women are similar.
And the impoverishment of your children doesn’t even save the state any money.
Governments forgo prospective revenues and commit themselves to providing services in the future if they fail to address child poverty.
The cost of child poverty on the UK government at the moment is estimated to be at least £29 billion per year.
Those are the findings of the Child Poverty Action Group.
The meaning is clear:
Child poverty harms all of us. Perhaps that’s why the Tories like inflicting it on young people.
Changes to social security benefits are devastating family incomes and will double the number of UK children living in poverty, according to a damning new report published today.
Research by Policy in Practice, on behalf of the Children’s Commissioner for England, found that policies like Universal Credit, the Two-Child Limit, and Benefit Cap affect 48% of households and will leave them worse off by £3,441 per year.
Overall, the cumulative impact of all welfare reforms “is considerably greater than the impact of each reform in isolation”, the report says.
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