Child poverty is perhaps something that doesn’t spring to mind when thinking about wealthier countries like the UK. However, statistics show that it has increased for the third successive year so it now touches the lives of 4.1 million British children. In other words, in a typical classroom, 9 out of the 30 students will be in a household surviving on less than 60% of the median living wage.
One of the major reasons for the increase in child poverty has been a lack of job insecurity. Working practices like zero hour contracts make it impossible for parents to budget and cover their household’s needs. The other reason has been the enormous reductions in state benefits. Limitations on state aid like child tax credits and a freeze on child benefit have especially hit single-parent households and families with more than two children.
It is of course possible for households to … Read More