Cuts 'increasing child poverty'

The Government's austerity programme will push 800,000 children and 1.9 million adults into poverty once cuts come into full effect, a new report from Oxfam has warned.

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Govt: Reforms have made '3 million' families better off

The Government defended itself against accusations from Oxfam its austerity programme would put 800,000 children into lives of poverty.

Universal credit, cuts to income tax and freezing council tax were two ways the Government had tried to help poor families, a spokeswoman said.

Our tax and welfare reforms will help improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities, with the universal credit making three million households better off and lifting hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty.

We know that times are tough, and we have already taken action to help families with the cost of living, including cutting income tax for 25 million people, which will save a typical taxpayer over £700, taking 2.7 million out of income tax altogether and freezing council tax for five years, saving a typical household £600.

– A Government Spokeswoman

Europe could take '10-25 years' to recover

According to Oxfam's A Cautionary Tale report:.

  • Europe could take between 10 and 25 years to recover to pre-2008 standard of living.
  • Austerity measures in the 1980s and 90s crippled South American, South East Asian and African economies. Europe's recovery could be very similar, Oxfam warn.
  • Should the UK follow Bolivia's struggle to recovery, the gap between rich and poor in the UK could become greater than that in South Sudan, Oxfam said.
  • According to Oxfam's report, real wages in the UK have fallen by 3.2% since the financial crisis and are now at the levels reached in 2003.


Austerity 'pushing 800,000 kids into poverty'

Millions of people could be pushed into poverty by Government spending cuts over the next twenty years, Oxfam has said.

An extra 800,000 children will grow up in poverty because of the austerity programme, Oxfam has warned. Credit: PA

The charity is warning austerity measures would push 800,000 children and 1.9 million adults in Britain into poverty.

In its report, A Cautionary Tale, Oxfam calculated it could take between 10 to 25 years for poverty to return to pre-2008 levels in Europe.

The charity has now called on governments across the continent to reverse austerity measures which it said had "massively" increased poverty and inequality.

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