Ending child poverty

The number of children in poverty is set to reach five million this year. This means young people around you are going to school hungry, getting bullied for wearing an old uniform, or missing out on activities with friends. These young people have to work extra hard to stay happy, motivated and focused on the future.

But being from a poor background shouldn’t hold a child back. We work so all families can afford to keep their children healthy, happy and hopeful, even when money is tight.

What is child poverty?

On a basic level, child poverty means parents can’t afford the basics of food, clothing and shelter.

Did you know that millions of children living in poverty have at least one employed parent? Low paid jobs and zero-hour contracts mean many working families live hand to mouth. The Covid-19 crisis - loss of jobs, closure of schools, bigger bills - will have pushed even more over the edge.

How many children are living in poverty in the UK?

4 million

children live in poverty in the UK, but this is set to reach five million this year

9

children in a classroom of 30 live in poverty

107%

increase in children receiving emergency food this year

our work ending child poverty

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Working to end child poverty

We work hard so poverty doesn’t impact children’s futures. So young people leaving care aren’t instantly hit with council tax bills, so school uniforms don’t break the bank, and so families get emergency support in crisis.

We also look out for young people we work with in our services. If life is tough at home, we make sure they have what they need to be healthy and happy. So they are able to overcome life's obstacles and stay focused on what matters – enjoying themselves and staying positive.

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Strengthening the safety net

Join our campaign to fix the safety net and ensure more funding for local councils, so all families have access to emergency support in a crisis.

School uniforms

School uniforms and PE kits are expensive. Many families can’t afford them. If a child goes to school with the wrong uniform, they may be bullied, sent home or excluded.

We campaigned to cut the cost of school uniforms. The bill is currently going through Parliament. When it passes, schools will have to make sure there are affordable options. No child should get in trouble because they can't afford the uniform. They should look forward to school and study for the future they want.

making life fairer for care leavers

Care leavers

For young people leaving care and moving into their own place, it’s exciting. There’s lots to think about - what plants to get, what jobs to go for, what bills they need to pay. But without lessons on managing money, big tax bills can come as a shock, and can lead to debt. This holds them back from being independent and enjoying life after care.

That’s why we’ve been calling on councils to exempt care leavers from paying council tax up until the age of 25. So when they turn 18, they aren't suddenly hit with a big bill as a birthday present. Instead, they can get used to managing money and living independently, free from debt.

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care leavers campaign facts

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councils in England introduced the exemption

47,459

care leavers now don't need to pay council tax