29 May 2012

Matthew Reed Chief Executive of The Children’s Society said: 

'While this report shows there was progress towards ending UK child poverty until 2009, we know that the subsequent raft of cuts to family support will take a heavy toll on struggling families. Many of the children who were lifted out of poverty may now be pushed back below the poverty line.

'Families on low incomes are struggling to provide their children with the basics such as decent clothes and a healthy diet.

'With cuts to financial support to new parents, to support for disabled children and to families needing help with housing costs, austerity measures could damage the life chances and overall well-being of our most vulnerable children and families.

'The commitment to end child poverty in the UK by 2020 was a watershed moment, but we are now on the verge of slipping backwards and breaking that promise. It would be a grave injustice if we allowed the burden of the current economic turmoil to fall on the shoulders of disadvantaged children. It’s critical that all politicians join together to reaffirm their commitment to end the scandal of child poverty in the UK'.

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Notes to editors

• The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.