More than 3.1 million British children will spend this year under the official breadline, a new report has revealed, raising questions about Prime Minister Theresa May’s economic policies.
The Research for the Trades Union Congress (TUC), carried out by Landman Economics consultancy firm, found that the number of children growing up in poverty in working households will be one million higher than 2010.
According to the report, the government’s benefit cuts and public sector pay restrictions has pushed some 600,000 children with working parents into poverty.
The biggest increase in child poverty is expected to be seen East Midlands working families, followed by the West Midlands and Northern Ireland, the research noted.
“Years of falling incomes and benefit cuts have had a terrible human cost. Millions of parents are struggling to feed and clothe their kids,” said Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary.