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Agony: Tory cuts were intended to attack mothers and their children. The policy is working in the worst possible way, it seems.

More English children are dying than should be expected – and the reason is likely to be poverty caused by Tory government policies.

That’s the finding of research into the deaths.

And Tory policies mean the number of children in poverty will rise from 4.1 million to 5.2 million over the next two years.

This means many more children will be put under threat. Your children, maybe.

Poor nutrition, poor quality housing, maternal ill health, excessive family stress and the struggle of living with the many challenges of not having enough resources to manage are all considered to be contributing factors, with poverty as the underlying cause.

And children from deprived backgrounds are more likely to have complex health and care needs many of which are not covered by the NHS. That’s Tory privatisation for you!

Infant mortality had been declining until the Tories took over, but that trend has reversed since 2014 and it is now on the rise again.

Of course, all the policies causing this can be reversed.

The Daily Mirror has launched a campaign to get Child Benefit increased by just £5 a week, in the belief that this is enough to make a difference.

Will the Tories pay attention, though? Or can they live with the deaths of these babies on their consciences?

Source: Deaths of nearly 200 babies in England before the age of one linked to child poverty – Mirror Online

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