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Nobody’s going to be helping this child out of poverty; in fact, the Tory government under Boris Johnson is giving back EU cash intended for this purpose, unspent.

It’s not a good beginning for Boris Johnson, is it?

His Home Secretary is a security risk, dedicated to bringing back the death penalty – and may have breached the ministerial code for a second time, despite having been forced out of the cabinet for her first transgression.

His police recruitment drive won’t restore the 20,000 officers lost since 2010 but will only keep numbers at a standstill.

He made a hypocrite of himself by saying he won’t call a snap election. Despite this claim, the other political parties have put themselves on election alert.

He quietly dropped a Cabinet Office investigation into an MP who grabbed a female climate change protester by the throat, slammed her into a pillar and marched her out of the Mansion House at an event last month, confirming many people’s belief that he is happy with abuse of women.

He pledged to spend £39 billion on a high-speed rail vanity project between Leeds and Manchester, then no doubt wondered why Scottish people booed him when he turned up there offering a share of £300 million to boost growth.

Now this – all in his first week as PM.

More than £3.5m intended to alleviate child poverty and homelessness is at risk of being wasted because the government has failed to spend it, says a House of Lords committee.

The government said there had been “barriers” over spending the money.

But peers have written to complain that after almost six years, the government has failed to deliver spending aimed at addressing “the worst forms of poverty”.

About £580,000 of unspent cash has so far been taken back – and a further similar amount is at risk of being deducted at the end of the year.

While this money is being handed back, food banks are struggling to feed a million children who live below the poverty line, during the school holidays.

As far as I can tell, the only way he could make things worse is by running over Larry the Downing Street Cat in his prime ministerial gas-guzzling limo.

Source: Child poverty cash handed back to Europe unspent – BBC News

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