Alastair Harper, Director of Advocacy, Unicef UK, said:
‘We are concerned that the UN Special Rapporteur’s findings show that the fifth wealthiest country is failing to fully comply with its obligations under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) – to provide children and families with enough to eat and a safe place to live.
‘Children who are hungry, tired and worried do not learn well. Poverty is a trap that jeopardises their right to a happy, healthy and fulfilled future and locks children into a cycle of deprivation.
‘In 2019, the year of the 30th anniversary of the CRC, it is vital that the government acts now and recommits to ending child poverty as a national priority, and sets out a new, ambitious strategy to achieve this.’
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