Find out more about child poverty [updated]
On Thursday, the government released its long-anticipated strategy on child poverty.
In response, our chief executive said: 'The government’s continued commitment to ending child poverty is welcome. But its strategy has no new ideas on how to make this a reality. It falls far short of what is needed to prevent a significant increase in the number of children living in poverty by 2020.'
He called for urgent action on key topics we’ve been calling for for years, including helping the millions of families facing choices between heating and eating, the two million children in families missing out on the warm home discount, and making sure that being in work pays for families.
Below are related links to more information on this urgent issue. You can see infographics, calculators, reports, and analysis of the effects of cuts on family finances. We've also compiled some of the best news coverage related to the strategy's release
We also support a wonderful group of young people who are investigating the effects of child poverty from their perspective. Be sure to visit the Children’s Commission on Poverty website and sign up to follow their journey. It’s a trip worth taking.
Find news stories and a blog related to the strategy document from these outlets:
- BBC News: Child poverty definition change 'put on hold'
- London Evening Standard: Child poverty strategy condemned
- The Independent: 'Beyond Whitehall farce': MPs and children's charities condemn Iain Duncan Smith's long-awaited child poverty announcement
- Channel 5: 10 tips for parents struggling to give their children the basics, and video of Matthew Reed, our Chief Executive, addressing the massive scale of child poverty (the video is embedded below and available on YouTube)
Explore how we battle child poverty
- Infographic: 10 facts and figures about childhood poverty
- We're happy that 200,000 more children in poverty receive free schol meals, but 500,000 are still missing out
- Find out why we need to extend free school meals to all families on universal credit
- Millions of families live in cold homes and have to choose between heating and eating
- Use our tool to calculate whether you are entitled to the warm home discount, a £135 discount on your heating bills
- Scrutinise the effects of the most recent minimum wage increase
- Track the poverty line with our calculator
- Use our map to investigate child poverty levels
- Use our map to review projected rises in vulnerable families
Local authorities face financial pressures:
- Our report details that a decline in support leaves struggling families with few options.
- Use our map to find a collection of the schemes across the UK that are meant to take the place of the social fund
- Our Breaking Barriers report and map set out the challenges to engaging disadvantaged families with Sure Start children’s centres