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Huge rise in number of children in severe poverty

Issue No. 2186

Child poverty in Britain was rocketing even before the recession, new research has shown.

The number of children in “severe poverty” went up by 260,000 to 1.7 million between 2004 and 2008. This is 13 percent of Britain’s children.

The Save the Children charity produced the report.

It defines those living in households with less than the average income, who do not have basics such as a bed and a winter coat, as suffering from severe poverty.

Child poverty continues to rise—despite Labour’s promise to end it completely by 2020.

The report estimates that this shocking figure has risen by another 100,000 since the start of the recession.

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Tue 26 Jan 2010, 19:23 GMT
Issue No. 2186
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