The government has admitted cutting staffing levels for the Child Poverty Unit by more than half.
The Unit works to address welfare issues amongst children from poorer families and is jointly sponsored by three departments; the Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education.
In response to a question in the House of Commons, Work and Pensions Minister Damian Hinds said staffing levels for the Child Poverty Unit were now the equivalent of just 10.5 full time staff. In 2013 the figure was more than 23.
But the Minister insisted that the cuts did not indicate that Prime Minister May no longer regarded child poverty as a serious issue.
“The Prime Minister is clear that tackling poverty and disadvantage, and delivering real social reform, is a priority for this government.”
But the Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said more funding was desperately needed.
“Our new Prime Minister has inherited a child poverty crisis. Her predecessor effectively repealed the Child Poverty Act, the poverty-reduction targets are gone and the Institute for Fiscal Studies is projecting a 50 per cent increase in child poverty by 2020.”
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