UNICEF UK responds to official figures on UK child poverty published today by the Department for Work and Pensions

Anita Tiessen, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF UK says:

“The number of children living in poverty in the UK is likely to be even higher than the Government’s statistics suggest. 

In the time period covered by today’s figures, major austerity measures – like cuts to council tax benefit and the introduction of the bedroom tax - had not yet come into force, so this data does not reflect their probable harmful impact on children’s wellbeing.

We are calling on Ministers to take urgent action to prioritise the needs of children and their families and to tackle the scandal of child poverty in the forthcoming spending review.”


To find out more, please contact Rose Foley, UNICEF UK Media Manager on 0207 375 6030



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