The number of UK children living in "severe poverty" rose in the four years before the recession, research from a children's charity suggests.
Save the Children says the number of children in homes in this category rose 260,000 to 1.7m from 2004 to 2008.
The report warns there is a danger that severe poverty could rise even further.
The government says it has lifted half a million children out of relative poverty, and helped the very poorest, as defined by its own criteria.
It has pledged to halve child poverty by 2010 from the 1998/99 figure of 3.4 million and end it altogether by 2020.
The charity claims that at the end of 2008, 13% of the UK's children were living in severe poverty, up two percentage points on 2004 - and that not only have efforts to reduce child poverty stalled, they have gone into reverse.
Another claim by our Labour Government doesn't seem so great after all.
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Save the Children says severe child poverty 'going up' watch
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- 26-01-2010 10:48
- 26-01-2010 11:47
I often wonder if we will one day be in the situation where we are calling people poor because they are only eating sirloin steak for tea, whilst we are all eating fillet. Perhaps they will be poor because their house has only 5 rooms and our houses have 10 rooms... Relative poverty is crap. The children in 'relative poverty' will always be increasing, and difficult to stem, because they are going up in number all the time. Their parents are scum and have no idea how to use a kettle, let alone a condom. As they systematically increase the burden the upper/middle classes cut back the amount of children they have to below 2, meaning a greater weight on their childrens shoulders, and the problem only gets worse. So to summarise: you can't help pikeys, they will always outbreed any system you try and implement.Last edited by 34253; 26-01-2010 at 11:49.