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Appalling: Mr Corbyn made his speech after it was revealed that homeless children were being housed in shipping containers.

Jeremy Corbyn has re-stated Labour’s promises to tackle poverty and homelessness in the wake of evidence that homeless children are being housed in shipping containers.

He pledged that “the next Labour government will take radical action to unlock the potential of every child”.

And he said the next Labour government would commit to:

  • Providing free school meals for all primary school children, to ensure no child goes hungry at school;
  • Building a million genuinely affordable homes, including the biggest council housing programme in a generation;
  • Rolling out 30 hours of free childcare a week for all 2-4 year olds, to give children the best possible start in life;
  • Halting the closures of Sure Start centres and increasing the amount of money available for Sure Start;
  • Investing in schools and reducing class sizes to less than 30 for all five, six and seven year olds so children get the attention they deserve;
  • Ending the public sector pay cap and introducing a Real Living Wage of at least £10 an hour to boost household income, as a record 2.9 million children from working families in the UK live in poverty;
  • Ending the benefit freeze and stopping the rollout of Universal Credit, which is pushing families into poverty;
  • Replacing social mobility with social justice as a measure of government policy and a stated aim of government policies.

The Tory government is “failing a whole generation of children” through rising homelessness and poverty, says Jeremy Corbyn MP.

His comments come on the back of a damning report from the Children’s Commissioner for England, which warns that thousands of vulnerable children are growing up in converted shipping containers and office blocks.

Child homeless has soared by a shocking 80% since 2010, with official figures showing that 30% of children (over 4.1 million) across England are living below the poverty line.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn: Tories failing homeless children and poverty-stricken families

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