20% of children 'in poverty'

New figures show that one in five British children live below the poverty line with a wide disparity in rates across the UK and within regions.

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Government tackling 'root causes' of child poverty

The Government says it is committed to eradicating child poverty and in a statement the Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said:

"We want to take a new approach by tackling the root causes including worklessness, educational failure and family breakdown.

"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 making three million people better off."

Manchester Central had the highest rate of child poverty according to the study at 47% Credit: Press Association

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