25 Jun 2015

In response to the Household Below Average Income (HBAI) figures released today, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said: 

'It is a scandal that there are 200,000 more children who have been pushed deeper into poverty over the past year, as today’s figures reveal.

'There has also been a steady rise over the last five years in the numbers of children living in in-work poverty, clearly showing that even those families with jobs are suffering because of government policies.

'Moving the goal posts by changing the definition of child poverty will do nothing to help the millions of children who are suffering in real poverty. The Government needs to stop debating definitions and start doing more to help children. Income is central to tackling the problem and the Government must act on the targets it has committed to in the Child Poverty Act. It must take effective steps to reduce the number of families living on low incomes, including by making sure that work always pays. It is crucial that all of these families get the support they need.

'It is unacceptable that in this day and age, in one of the world’s richest countries that 3.7 million children remain in poverty. Clearly the Government has failed to move closer to ending child poverty.'

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