TUC figures on children from working households living in poverty

TUC figures on children from working households living in poverty

18th November 2019

Commenting on figures published today by the TUC, estimating that almost 110,000 children in the North East living in poverty are from working households, the Chair of the North East Child Poverty Commission, Jane Streather, said:

'These figures highlight the deeply concerning scale of in-work poverty in our region, and confirm that having a parent or carer in work is simply no longer enough to prevent children from growing up poor.

'Living in poverty can have a devastating effect on children's physical health, their mental wellbeing, their ability to learn and of course their later life chances - and it's completely unacceptable that the number of children growing up poor has increased so dramatically over the last decade, in what is one of the largest economies in the world.

'The next Government must put tackling child poverty front and centre of its agenda. This means supporting families and properly funding the services they use, urgently addressing low pay and precarious employment, and immediately investing in a social security system that is fit for purpose and recognises the real cost of living.'

This issue was reported on in more detail by The Journal here.

 

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