Save the Children, as part of the campaign to End Child Poverty, has found that, in the UK, nearly one and a half million children live in severe poverty, in families living on an average of £7000 a year.
An income of £7000 a year means that a family has only £19 per day to cover electricity and gas, phones, other bills, food, clothes, washing, transport, health needs as well as activities for children and all other essential items.
Currently the Government doesn't track how many children in the UK live in severe poverty so they can't ensure their policies help the poorest children. They must tackle severe poverty now and invest the extra money needed if they're to meet the target of halving child poverty in the UK by 2010.
What you can do
- Take Action Now send a message to the new Department of Work and Pensions minister
- Read the Severe Child Poverty in the UK report briefing
- Read the Severe Child Poverty in the UK full report
Scource: Save The Children