New child poverty measures

Iain Duncan Smith will seek to reassure critics that he is committed to ending child poverty but insist that "meaningful and accurate" measures must replace "arbitrary" household income targets.

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3.6 million children 'living in poverty in the UK'

  • There are 3.6 million children living in poverty in the UK today. That’s 27 per cent of children, or more than one in four, Child Poverty Action Group have said.
  • There are even more serious concentrations of child poverty at a local level: in 100 local wards between 50 and 70 per cent of children are growing up in poverty.
  • Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of children growing up in poverty live in a household where at least one member works.
  • Growing up in poverty means being cold, going hungry, not being able to join in activities with friends.

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