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4.2 million youngsters in UK live in poverty

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 26, 2020
A leap of 100,000 in the number of children living in poverty has been branded “shocking”, even before the coronavirus lockdown of the economy bites.
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The increase means 4.2 million youngsters in the UK – or 30 percent – are living below the breadline.

Topics: Young UK

Overall, the number of people living in poverty soared by 500,000 to 14.5 million in 2018-19, the highest total since the statistics were first collected in 2002.

“We are facing a child poverty crisis,” warned Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group – urging ministers to prevent the current crisis triggering a further increase in the months to come.

“Unless concerted action is taken now, this week's laid-off workers and their children will be adding to next year's poverty statistics.”