Child poverty has fallen according to the latest official figures, released last week—but the statistics conceal continuing misery.
The figures show a year on year drop of 2 percent. But they exclude housing costs. If these are included 27 percent still live in poverty—3.6 million children.
And poverty is defined as a percentage of the average wage—which has declined in the recession. So people whose income has fallen as prices go up are being told they no longer live in poverty.
The Tories now plan to change the way poverty is measured. That doesn’t mean taking energy costs or food prices into account. Their agenda is to blame poor families for their poverty.