The United Nations has condemned the British government’s austerity measures in a damning report, saying the “mean-spirited, and often callous” program has inflicted ‘great misery’ on millions of Britons.
“It is patently unjust and contrary to British values that so many people are living in poverty,” Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said on Saturday.
He issued the report after ending a two-week fact-finding mission to the United Kingdom to investigate levels of poverty in the country.
Alston said in his 24-page report that the high rate of child poverty in Britain was “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster.”
Alston will be present his report to the UN human rights council in Geneva next year.
Recurrent estimates have suggested that a fifth of UK population, around 14 million people, live under the poverty line. More than a tenth of those poor people,…