Cuts to the welfare budget will prevent further reductions in child poverty, says Robert Joyce of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Lots of you have been voicing your thoughts on our ITV News Facebook page. Here are just some of your comments:
– Liisa Manduzeh, Facebook
I used to have a good job until I became very ill and had to leave. I have since been on benefits whilst recovering and therefore went back to college to retrain. I am grateful that we have a benefit system that is there to support people in times of need not for people to live on all their lives. I'm not one of the lucky ones. We are poor. We can not afford lots of things and there are plenty of times when my purse is completely empty. But my children are lucky because we make sure that the money that we receive for them is spent only on them. Compared to other countries we are indeed lucky.
– Zoe Oxley. Facebook
Finally, a charity that's actually doing something to tackle issues in this Country. Although, (and this is only my personal opinion) this might sound terribly old fashioned, but I am a 34 year old mother of one (& due to have another one in 5 weeks), and I (& my husband) have been brought up to believe that if you can't afford something, you don't have it. Having a child in this day and age is a privilege, not a right. If you can't afford to have a child, you don't have one.
– Gordon Macdonald, Facebook
It amazes me how many are more concerned with poverty elsewhere, poverty is relative to where you live 3rd world country 3rd world poverty, 1st world country 1st world poverty...it's disgusting abhorant that this country and some of it's population turn a blind eye to whats going on, no family in the 4th richest country in the world should have to live on handouts or food banks...low wages high prices are driving decent families to despair, this sad mealy mouthed little island needs a shake up, we are so concerned with others yet ignore our own.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said the previous Government's approach to tackling child poverty has failed, with the UK missing its own 2010 child poverty targets.
The Government remains committed to eradicating child poverty, but we want to take a new approach by tackling the root causes, including worklessness, educational failure and family breakdown.
And our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities, with the Universal Credit simplifying the complex myriad of benefits and lifting 350,000 children and 550,000 adults out of poverty.
The statement was released after Save the Children launched its first ever British campaign concerned with child poverty.
The growth of food banks is evidence of a new type of food poverty and proof that the poorest are going hungry, according to leading charities.
Low-income working families and their children face being pushed into greater hardship by soaring inflation and living costs, says Ishbel Matheson from Save the Children.
Speaking to Daybreak, Ms Matheson, added: "Children are seeing their parents argue more and mum and dad skipping meals."
- There are an estimated 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK - 1.6 million in severe poverty.
- This shocking figure is expected to rise by 400,000 by 2015.
- A lack of jobs, stagnating wages, increased living costs and spending cuts are placing enormous pressure on families up and down the UK.
Save the Children have released a promotional video to highlight the state of child poverty in the UK. Watch the video below.
Visit www.savethechildren.org.uk/ukpoverty to find out more information.
A million children are going hungry in Britain, a leading children's charity has found.
There has also been a 233% rise in children relying on charity to be fed in the past 12 months.
A million children across the UK are living with "food insecurity", which means that they don't know where their next meal is coming from.