News ID: 205548
Published: 0852 GMT December 04, 2017

Poverty among UK children, pensioners rises

Poverty among UK children, pensioners rises

Poverty among UK children and pensioners has risen sharply for the first time in 20 years, according to a report.

Almost 400,000 more youngsters and 300,000 more old age pensioners (OAP) are affected than four years ago, said the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, wrote.

The charity’s boss Campbell Robb said: “These worrying figures suggest that we are at a turning point in our fight against poverty.”

Its state of the nation report said poverty rates increased last year to 14 million people, including four million children and 1.9 million pensioners.

New threats are emerging to the poorest households, including rising housing costs, higher food and energy bills, said the social research group.

The government was urged to end the four-year freeze on benefits and tax credits and to invest in a more ambitious housebuilding program to provide genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy.

Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action, said: “We know how to reduce child poverty in the UK — we’ve done it before.

“Yet at the start of a sustained rise in the rate of child poverty — bewilderingly — there is in­action. The question the report begs is why are we not investing in our children?

 “Families with children have had a decade of cuts to their incomes and the damage is showing.

“Unless there is action now to protect the living standards of low-income families, we will pile up problems for future generations and the economy.”

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