Austerity to tip more kids into poverty

UKâ„¢s spending cuts will push another 600,000 children into poverty by 2015.

British governmentâ„¢s spending cuts and benefit caps will push another 600,000 children into poverty by 2015 general election, a new report shows.

The report by the Children’s Commissioner for England warned the economic measures will hit British households with children the hardest, adding that the poorest families with children now have to manage their life with only £370 per week.

Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the British government is bound by international law to uphold children’s rights to the maximum extent of available resources.

The report, however, suggests the coalition government has not been able to meet its obligations to young people so far.

Å“More children are entering poverty and more children going without the basics because their parents and carers cannot afford them,” said Childrenâ„¢s Commissioner for England Maggie Atkinson.

Earlier in June, new figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that at least one in six children in Britain lives in relative poverty.

In 2011-12, 2.3 million or 17 percent of UK children were recorded as Å“living in homes with substantially lower than average income”.

The figure rises to 3.5 million or 27 percent when housing costs are deducted from incomes.

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