- Social Metrics Commission study finds more than 4 million people in the UK are trapped in deep poverty
- Save the Children urges government to act now to help struggling families
- Find out the shocking stats of how poverty can affect learning and read more about our work to combat this here.
A study by the the Social Metrics Commission has shown that 7 million people in the UK, including 2.3 million children, have been living in poverty for at least two of the previous three years.
Kayte Lawton, Head of UK Policy at Save the Children said:
These new figures show the need for swift action to reverse the continuous rise in child poverty. More than one in three children are now living in poverty, which has serious implications for their future life chances. Children from poorer families are more likely to start school struggling with basic skills and falling behind their peers, and many will never catch up.
Without action, more and more families are at risk of being pulled into poverty and hardship. The government urgently needs to address this issue to help struggling families and ensure that all children get the very best start to life."
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