UK has worst child poverty among world’s richest countries. Sunak’s comment is vile

Poverty: Destitution among children has spiralled out of control due to Tory decisions to starve parents of cash. But that’s what we all voted for – right?

Here’s the headline:

A 20 per cent rise in child poverty while the Tories have been in government? But they said they were doing so well in bringing it down! Were they… fibbing?

The article states:

The relative child income poverty rate for the UK before housing costs was 20.8 per cent for 2019-21, Unicef said.

During the period from 2012-14 and 2019-21, the UK saw a 20 per cent rise in relative child income poverty rates before housing costs, the humanitarian organisation added.

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The report said that during the period it focused on, UK expenditure on family cash benefits per child, as a proportion of GDP (gross domestic product) per capita, decreased from 18 per cent to 11 per cent.

It said several changes to targeted financial support had contributed to this, including the benefit cap, limiting the benefits a household earning below a set threshold can receive, and the two-child limit for child tax credits and the child element of Universal Credit, meaning families cannot claim support for more children.

A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “There are 400,000 fewer children and 1.7 million fewer people in absolute poverty when compared to 2010.

The DWP comment is because the UK measures poverty as a percentage of median income. Median income has plummeted (in real terms) under the Tories while costs have rocketed. The United Nations Children’s Fund may record it differently.

Rishi Sunak talked nonsense about this during Prime Minister’s Questions – and knew it. Here’s Peter Stefanovic with the facts:

The facts are an indictment against Sunak, his forerunners as prime minister, and the Tory governments we’ve had since 2010.

No wonder he’s so dishonest about them.


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2 thoughts on “UK has worst child poverty among world’s richest countries. Sunak’s comment is vile

  1. Hecuba

    Carpet salesman Sunak actually intended to say ‘under the fascist tory regime we have successfully increased child poverty to a 20% increase making little england the worst country amongst the richest nations!’ So well done fascist tories for saving all that public money and enabling you all to squander it on a fascist tory vanity project – naming giving Rwanda £240+ million!

  2. Martyn

    The tory criminals in parliament have gone way too far with their cruelty, callousness and evil incompetence. They must face justice, and justice must be seen to be served against this tory criminal Cartel!

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