Latest figures expose scale of appalling child poverty
A series of horrifying official figures makes clear just what is at stake in this general election: the very future of millions of our children.
Official UK Child Poverty figures to 2017/18:
• 4 million children live in poverty
• 210,000 children homeless
• 600,000 using foodbanks
• 120,000 have no winter coat
• 240,000 don’t celebrate birthday
• 360,000 cant afford fruit & veg
• 840,000 in fuel poverty
• 1,080,000 have no outdoor play area
The four million figure and all the others are likely to be severely understated, as child poverty has been inexorably rising under Tory government.
But just imagine: over 800,000 hungry children whose parents can’t afford to heat their home – with many not even having a winter coat to put on to keep warm in their house, let alone in the cold outside, nor able to eat a healthy meal to improve their strength and immunity.
Too hungry to study, without anywhere to play outdoors – and not even able to celebrate their birthday.
This general election is about many issues – but the future of a generation of the nation’s kids is at stake.
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