TCS submission to UN on poverty

The Children's Society's written submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights ahead of his visit to the UK in November 2018. It highlights a number of key issues that we believe deserve real attention during his visit, including: inadequate government approach to measuring and targeting child poverty; inadequate resources for vital local children’s social care services; significant weakening of the social security safety net leading to rising child poverty; problems with implementation of Universal Credit; policy changes that will leave many children in poverty without access to free school meals; government policies that result in thousands of asylum-seeking, refugee and migrant children and families facing extreme poverty and destitution; and potential Brexit risks for those in poverty.

Month of publication 
September
Year of publication 
2018
Number of pages 
10
Author 
Iain Porter
Category 
Policy and lobbying
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