15 June 2012

The number of children living below the poverty line in the UK has fallen slightly in the last year, according to new figures from the Government.

The figures, released yesterday by the Department for Work and Pensions, show that in 2010/11, 18 per cent of children in the UK (2.3 million children) lived below the poverty line, a 2 per cent decrease on the year before.

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"Today’s figures are good news, showing previous policies were working to reduce the number of children living in unacceptable conditions", said UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull.

"But the long-term view is grim as the number of children living in poverty in the UK is set to increase due to recent spending cuts.

"Government policies to tackle the deficit must not harm children. There is only one chance at childhood – decisions taken today will affect children’s futures.

"UNICEF's recent report on child poverty showed that committed Government action up to 2010 made a real difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable children. 

"We urge the Government to step up its efforts to reduce relative child poverty and set out a credible plan to reach the goal of ending child poverty by 2020."

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The number of UK children living below the poverty line has fallen slightly. © UNICEF UK
The number of UK children living below the poverty line has fallen slightly.© UNICEF UK

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