The US loving Tories who are completely irresponsible in just about everything it does has more facts to chew on, the Child Poverty Action Group has released shocking figures that would make the most deluded Tory voter wake up.
It does not make any difference to us that the Tories keep blaming Labour for everything, it does not wash with anyone, like a repeating record it is getting rather boring now, people are sick and tired of this government, indeed even those that have voted for the Tories are also disgusted with the way they have gone about their business.
So brutal are they that our children are being hit for six, and no excuses will ever make amends, it is simply cruelty on a big scale and it has to stop, kids going to school starving and when they come home there is next to nothing to eat, and the parent or parents may even be working!
How the hell are these people to survive? Universal Credit was a benefit to end benefits, it is designed to be as cruel as possible so you would come off it, the one thing the Tories forgot was they are dealing with real people! not some robot that can be switched on and off.
The stats from the group are below:
- 30% of children in poverty for second year running after housing costs (AHC) – increase from 4 million to 4.1 million
- 67% of poor children in working families (AHC)
- Risk of poverty for self-employed couples with children up from 30% to 33%(AHC)
- Risk of poverty for children in lone parent families up from 47% to 49%(AHC)
- Risk of poverty for children in families with 3 or more children up from 39% to 42% (AHC)
Responding to today’s annual poverty statistics, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “It’s bad enough that for a second year running our child poverty rate is at 30%, largely driven by social security cuts, but for hard-pressed families there is worse to come. We are only half way into a four-year freeze on children’s benefits that is hitting family budgets very hard. Child benefit alone will lose 23% of its value over the decade so low-income families are losing core support as prices rise.
“Four million children are below the official poverty line in 2016-2017, 67% of them in working families. How many more children will follow before the Government accepts that cuts to vital financial support are leaving families with too little to live on?
“The Prime Minister entered Downing Street with a pledge to protect the living standards of ordinary families. Today’s official child poverty figures show the Government is in denial on child poverty. If the Government is to make good on its pledge of support for struggling families, ending the punitive freeze on benefits for working and non-working families must be a priority.
“Absolute poverty measures show what people today are living on in relation to a fixed median income in the past – currently pegged to 2010-2011. It should always fall as we move away from that point in time, that’s the bare minimum we can expect. Focusing on absolute poverty tells us nothing about how many people are drifting further away from the middle today. The problem we have is that 4 million children are in poverty, and some of the children due to be hit hardest by cuts – those in single parent families or families with more than two children – are seeing their risk of poverty rise.
“All serious academics and economists, including the IFS, project that child poverty will rise by a further 1 million by 2021/22. A serious policy response is required to fill the current policy vacuum on child poverty and children’s life chances.
“Today’s figures should sound a warning bell that if we fail to invest in children we will damage the life chances of a generation and the long-term prosperity of the country.”