Mary Bousted

Like King Canute, we can’t halt the tide of child poverty

Words are not enough to reverse the fortunes of many disadvantaged children – we need action

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Child poverty is on the increase, and it matters.

Even a temporary drop into poverty has long-lasting and profound effects on children’s lives. For those children raised in persistent poverty, the effects are lifelong.

Sadly, despite Theresa May’s commitment to help those families who are “just about managing”, the rise of child poverty continues apace.

In December 2015, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission warned that after a decade and a half in which child poverty fell significantly, it was likely to rise in the years to 2020. The latest figures show that 4 million children in ...

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