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Record 5 million UK children expected to be living in poverty by 2020

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3541
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The number of children in the UK trapped in poverty is expected to climb to a record five million by 2020, research by Save the Children suggests.

In its report A Fair Start for Every Child, the charity examines the impact of poverty on the lives of children in the UK, what is driving child poverty and how many children are likely to be affected by poverty in the future.1

Although child poverty levels fell between 1998 and 2004, the report shows that ahead of the financial crisis they stalled. There is a cross party commitment to end child poverty by 2020, but Save the Children’s projections suggest that the number of children living in poverty is actually likely to increase by 1.4 million—a 41% rise on the 3.5 million children living in poverty now. To …

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