BIG ISSUE: Child Poverty

Figures suggest the number of children currently living in poverty in the UK is growing.
We look at the reasons behind this, its impact on children and their families and explore what can be done.

Latest stories


New research highlights a catalogue of issues with universal credit

Universal Credit claimants are being blocked from challenging the Government when they suspect mistakes in their claim.


Survey to look at how nurseries routinely feed and clothe children

Early Education is undertaking research which it hopes will shine a light on the day-to-day impact of poverty on the work of early years settings, informing local...


Birmingham nursery schools feeding and clothing children

Birmingham nursery schools contribute more than £11.5 million a year more than they receive in funding, including feeding and clothing children, new analysis claims....


Government accused of refusing to acknowledge extent of UK poverty

The Government is being urged to reverse the benefits freeze and two-child limit in a new report, which suggests ministers are in denial about the proliferation...


Damning report accuses Government of failing to ensure families' right to food

The Government is breaching its human rights duty to ensure adequate food for families, a new report warns.


Child poverty the 'new normal', warn charities

The End Child Poverty coalition is calling on the Government to develop effective child poverty reduction strategies, as research shows more than half of children...


Student art project highlights child poverty and calls for change

De Montfort University students have urged Leicester to invest in the future of local children as part of their end of year event.


Child poverty having a 'detrimental effect' on pupils' learning and behaviour

Teachers are ‘deeply concerned’ by the effects of poverty on children’s learning, with many believing the situation has worsened in the last few years, according...


Two-child benefits cap will 'tip' 300,000 more children into poverty

New research reveals the two-child limit under universal credit and tax credits will result in hundreds of thousands more children in poverty, once universal credit...


Children in poverty suffer hunger and stigma, finds new research

Children growing up in poverty are going hungry and experiencing feelings of shame and social exclusion due to lack of money and food, according to new research....



Editor’s view - A better response

We need to ensure we preserve our sense of horror at the effects of poverty on the growing number of families with young children