Five million UK children could be 'trapped in poverty by 2020'

Five million British children could be living in poverty by 2020, according to a leading charity. Save the Children warned cuts to benefits, flat wages, and rises to the cost of food and childcare lead to a new high of children living in poverty.

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Two-thirds of kids in poverty 'from working families'

Two-thirds of children living in poverty are part of working families, according to research.

Out of the 4,000 families quizzed by Save the Children, they found:

  • The number of children from a working household living in poverty had risen by 12%.
  • The UK now has one of the highest rates of low pay in the developed world.
  • While showing that child poverty levels fell between 1998 and 2004, the report demonstrates that they stalled thereafter - even before the financial crisis.
  • At least half of low-income families have seen their incomes decrease in the last five years.
  • Around 70% had found it difficult to meet payments, with more than 40% saying they fell into debt as a result.

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