Children’s charities warn of rise in child poverty

austerity measures

austerity measuresWith stifling austerity measures following on from a double-dip recession, and in the midst of the eurozone crisis, child poverty is becoming a growing concern across the UK.

A number of children's charities have even warned that more than a million children's parents are having to make a choice between paying for food, clothes or heating for their family.

An alarming report written by a partnership of the NSPCC, the Children's Society and Action for Children claims that as many as three children in every UK classroom will be in a state of considerable deprivation by 2015.

The charities describe the situation as a "moral outrage" and a "stain on modern Britain" with a far reaching effect on future generations. They also said that innocent kids shouldn't have to forego opportunities - even if their parents are considered "feckless" or "irresponsible".

Child benefits

The charities' report on future wealth did commend some changes to the benefits system made by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, which they believe will bring more money to those who need money the most.

But the poorest families will be £3,000 worse off every year after many changes to housing benefits and public services are implemented, according to the report.

There are many changes being made to the benefits system in the UK, but child benefits can be of considerable assistance to families on an very tight budget, and it is important to
know what you and your family are entitled to and how to claim.

The Government's general austerity measures were also criticised for having "disproportionate" consequences for families struggling the most.

'Moral outrage'

The study was carried out by economist Howard Reed, who expects the amount of children with at least four "indicators" of vulnerability - including poor housing, unemployed parents, or family members with disability - to rise to more than one million by the end of this parliament, compared to the current 885,000.

Also, Reed expects the amount of kids in an extremely destitute situation rise as high as 100,000 during that timeframe.

Chief executive of the Children's Society, Matthew Reed, said: "That means three children in every class in the UK will be living in a situation where parents are making choices [such as] is it going to be breakfast or is it going to be dinner; three children in every class where parents are going to be saying is it going to be heating the house properly or is it going to be proper shoes to wear to school.

"That is an outrageous situation to be in our society today … that is a scandal, it is a moral outrage."