Five million British children “sentenced to life of poverty thanks to welfare reforms”

New research from Save the Children, has revealed that five million children in Britain, a country which they describe as one of the “most unfair in the developed world,” face being “sentenced to a lifetime of poverty” by 2020.

The charity warned that cuts to benefits, the rising cost of living and years of flat wages have created a “triple whammy” for the country’s children, and it’s report stated that policies such as the ‘bedroom tax’ combined with the slashing of tax credits and council tax relief meant that “the social safety net no longer acts as a sufficient backstop for poor families.” It also calculated that recent changes to social security have cut the incomes of the poorest individuals by between eight and nine per cent.

All political parties have committed to ending child poverty by 2020. However, the numbers living in poverty could actually increase by 1.4 million by then, which is a rise of 41 per cent on the 3.5 million children currently living in poverty. Thus, the report concluded that political promises to eradicate child poverty by 2020 are “no longer credible.”

Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children said that without “dramatic change” we risk “writing off the future of millions of British children, [and] giving them an unfair start in life.” He also warned that “Far too many of our children are living in cold and damp homes, without healthy food, with parents who can see no end to their situation.”

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