Statement: Definitions of poverty should not distract from growing and urgent crisis affecting poorest children in UK

Justin Forsyth, Save the Children's Chief Executive, said: "How we define poverty is of course important and the current target has driven real progress. But we shouldn’t allow the debate about definitions to distract from the growing and urgent crisis affecting the poorest children in this country. The reality is that there are 3.6 million children growing up in poverty in the UK, children without a winter coat or going to bed hungry, and this number is set to grow.  The government needs to focus not on changing definitions but on policies that work like the living wage, affordable child care and on early education programmes targeted at low income families that allow children to get the very most out of school.”

Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 10:44am