Monday, 10th September 2012
UK: Child Poverty in 2012: It shouldn’t happen here
Source: Save the Children
From the Introduction:
There are an estimated 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK and this figure is expected to soar by 400,000 in the coming years. A lack of jobs, stagnating wages,increased living costs and spending cuts are placing enormous pressure on families up and down the UK. Children’s experiences of poverty and the recession are often overlooked. Our report shines a light on these experiences.
Behind the projected increases in child poverty are the day-to-day struggles of families on low incomes many of them in work, but still in poverty. According to the results of two large-scale surveys (one of parents and one of children) carried out on behalf of Save the Children and set out in this report, these difficulties are becoming ever more acute. It shouldn’t happen here....
According to the surveys:
• well over half of parents in poverty (61%) say they have cut back on food and over a quarter (26%) say they have skipped meals in the past year
• around 1 in 5 parents in poverty (19%) say their children have to go without new shoes when they need them
• a large number of children in poverty say they are missing out on things that many other children take for granted, such as going on school trips (19%) and having a warm coat in winter (14%)
• only 1 in 5 parents in poverty (20%) say they have not had to borrow money to pay for essentials,such as food and clothes, in the past year.
+ Direct link to report (PDF; 1.1 MB)
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