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Number of UK children living in destitution almost triples in five years

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p2478 (Published 25 October 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2478
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Around a million children in the UK experienced destitution in 2022—almost three times as many as in 2017—meaning that their families lacked the means to keep them clean, fed, and warm, shows a report funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.1

From 2017 to 2022 the number of people of any age living in destitution in the UK more than doubled, rising from 1.55 million to 3.8 million. But the rise in the number of children in destitution was much higher, rising by 186% from 365 000 in 2017 to around a million in 2023.2

Suzanne Fitzpatrick of the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University, who is a coauthor of the report, called …

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