Poverty among children in the UK is spreading and becoming worse, according to the National Children’s Bureau. The latest research has found that 1.5 million more kids are growing up in poor conditions, compared to 40 years ago. The Charity blames it mainly on “Social apartheid”.
“permanent feature of nation”
The National Children’s Bureau’s study warns that poverty and being disadvantaged is the blight of children where “unequal childhoods have become a permanent feature of our nation”. The research also found pupils on free school meals were more likely to be absent from schools through illness. Many are affected by poor housing, with one in every 14 children in England (around 800,000 in total) living in overcrowded homes.
First time fundraising launched in UK
Kids living in poor conditions in Britain were highlighted in 2012 and said to be a reality, when Save the Children published their findings. For the first time in its 93-year history, the charity launched a fundraising campaign to help youngsters in the UK. They also urge the government to consider improving welfare for some families who are in desperate economic conditions.
Save the Children Ambassador, broadcaster and choreographer, Arlene Phillips tells the story of kids in poverty. more at www.savethechildren.org.uk video Save the Children Fund