More than half a million more children will find themselves below the breadline by 2015, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned.
At least three million UK children will be living in poverty by 2015, the Commissioner’s office claimed – a substantial 600,000 more than the current figure. The current government’s spending cuts and benefit changes have the greatest effect on children with families., who are an average of £41.07 a week worse off.
Families with children make up around 32 per cent the population but will bear more than 50 per cent of the cuts, the report claims. They have lost almost twice as much income as those without offspring. Single parents alone have lost an average 7.8 per cent of their income.
The ongoing cuts mean the government has breached policy commitments to reducing child poverty according to the report, entitled Child Rights Impact Assessment of Budget Decisions: including the 2013 Budget.
Alison Garnham is Chief Executive of charity the Child Poverty Action Group. She said:
“A spending plan with a long term vision for Britain would have the wellbeing and development of our children at the heart of it, whereas the Coalition’s strategy has been to put families at the frontline of austerity. When millions of British children are left to grow up in poverty, everyone’s future prosperity suffers.”