Anita Tiessen, UNICEF UK Executive Director, said:

"Children were absent from today’s Budget speeches, reflecting their lack of profile amongst Parliamentarians. The Chancellor showed little concern for children.  He said the Budget was about growth, but the largest growth we are likely to see is in the number of children living in poverty.

"The Budget report predicts that the Government’s current plans could lift 50,000 children out of poverty. But 3.5 million children are living in poverty now and the Institute of Fiscal Studies forecasts that an extra one million children will join them by 2013.  In this context the Government’s financial commitment to our poorest children is clearly shameful.   

"According to the Child Poverty Act, the UK’s first child poverty strategy should be published tomorrow. Perhaps if the Government had prioritised the strategy, and indeed the UK’s most disadvantaged children, we would have seen a Budget that contained the substantial investment that is needed to end child poverty by 2020."

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