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One in five children in the UK affected by “persistent poverty,” figures show

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 11 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4169
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Persistent poverty affects one in five children in the UK and is associated with poor physical and mental health in early adolescence, latest figures from the country’s first study tracking childhood health over time have shown.1

“Ending child poverty should become a policy priority for UK children to achieve their full potential,” said the study authors led by Eric Lai from the University of Liverpool.

“Our analysis of a representative UK children’s cohort following up from 2000 to 2016 found that one in five children were in persistent poverty up to age 14 years,” they reported.

“Any exposure to poverty was associated with worse physical and mental health in …

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