The ‘shocking’ part of this report is that it was so easy for 1.3m children & babies to fall into poverty

Family poverty skyrocketed under Tory policies of benefit denial and wage depression. Now they can blame Covid-19 for it.

Research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and baby bank charity Little Village has shown that 1.3 million babies and children aged less than five in the UK are now in poverty.

The report found 34 per cent of families with one child under five live below the poverty line, meaning they survive on less than 60% of the median household income in the UK.

1.3 million of the 4.2 million children in poverty in the UK are babies and children under the age of 5.

Two in five of the families of the children in poverty have seen a reduction in their earnings as a result of the ongoing Covid crisis.

Undoubtedly the government will want to blame Covid-19. Measures to control the pandemic have meant lower-level incomes have suffered.

But who imposed those measures? The Tories.

And why were so many families already so close to poverty that it took only a 20 per cent reduction in their incomes (the difference between normal wages and furlough payments) to drop them into it? Because the Tories encouraged wage depression over the 10 years prior to the pandemic.

Finally, let us all remember that the pandemic has been a windfall for the richest people in the country. They have increased their income hugely.

Source: 1.3m babies and kids under 5 live in poverty in Britain, ‘shocking’ new report finds – Mirror Online

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3 thoughts on “The ‘shocking’ part of this report is that it was so easy for 1.3m children & babies to fall into poverty

  1. El Dee

    I think it’s important to remember that poverty is not the by-product of policies of the Tories in government, it is the AIM of those policies. Think back to Thatcher blaming the unemployed for being unemployed. She said they had “priced themselves out of a job” She set about impoverishing the country for years afterwards. She only ‘reduced’ unemployment by rigging how the figures were collected. Same was true for inflation. There’s a huge disconnect between the government’s inflation figures and what WE know from our grocery bill, rent etc.

    Income for the ‘working class’ has not just been static over these last ten to twelve years, it has dropped dramatically. Now with Brexit there will be additional costs to importing good and this will affect the poorest first.

    Victim blaming helps to depersonalise and demonise the people you are exploiting for your own gain, this is the Tory way..

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      For some reason, your comment found its way into the “trash” section of WordPress’s comments area. I don’t know why this happens with some people but it’s a shame because I’ve only just found that article by other means. I could have written my own piece – Slaughter by gaslight: why are we letting our leaders lie to us about the deaths they have caused? – a few days earlier.

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