Child poverty has soared by 400,000 since Tories came to power

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16th March 2017

The number of children living in poverty has soared by 400,000 since the Conservatives came to power, official figures have revealed.

The figures were released by the Department for Work and Pensions today
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According to the Office for National Statistics there were 2.7 million kids living in relative low income in 2016/17 - up 200,000 since 2014/15 and 400,000 since 2010/11.

Meanwhile the number of pensioners living in poverty was 2.1 million in 2015/16 - up 100,000 since 2010/11.

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Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams blasted the Government’s “seven wasted years of austerity and punitive social security cuts”.

Child poverty increased by one percentage point from 2014/15 to levels not seen since 2009/10, while pensioner poverty also increased by one percentage point.

The total number of people living in poverty in the UK now stands at 14 million, the figures showed.

Ms Abrahams said: “These statistics show a worrying increase in both poverty and inequality.

“Four million children and two million older people are now living below the breadline.

“Those living with a disabled person are more likely than ever to be struggling to make ends meet.

“This is a direct result of this Government’s seven wasted years of austerity and punitive social security cuts.

“The Tories’ shocking failure to tackle the increasing costs of basic essentials, stagnating wages and their ruthless slashing of social security is leaving working families worse off up to 2020.”

“Labour would reverse cuts to in-work support, ban the exploitative zero hours contracts being used on hundreds of thousands of workers, and guarantee a real Living Wage.”

A spokesperson for Theresa May said today: "Household incomes are at a record high, and what they show is that we have a strong economy.

"The Prime Minister has been clear that there is more to do and we are committed to tackling disadvantage. These figures confirm that work is the best route out of poverty."