2.9 million children in poverty latest figures show

New figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions shows the high cost of housing is leading working families to be pushed over the poverty line.

National Housing Federation (NHF) said that nearly a third more children are now living in such meagre circumstances because of spiralling rents compared with 2010.

“Despite high employment, today’s figures reveal that 70% of children living under the poverty line have at least one parent in work.

“The increase in child poverty in working families was widely anticipated and could have been avoided.”

Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group

Allowing young people to live in poverty seriously affects their ability to do well in the future. This is why Pledge has created the ‘Fresh Start Poverty Fund’ which is due to be launched later this year.

We firmly believe that by providing essential support to a young person while their still developing, we can break the poverty cycle and allow them to live a long and fulfilling life.

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