LONDON (Labour Buzz) - The report highlights that on current projections based on the Conservative government’s spending forecasts, up to 34% of children could be in relative child poverty by 2023-2024. This devastating analysis should shock politicians in what is meant to be the sixth richest economy in the world.
Jeremy Corbyn tweeted, “Four million children in our country are living in poverty and its set to get worse if the Tories stay in power. There’s a clear choice at this election.”
Laura Gardiner, a spokesperson for the Resolution Foundation, said, “We forecast that under current policy plans (ie the Conservative package) child poverty will rise from 29.6% in 2017-18 to 34.4% in 2023-24. However, this would not do enough to see child poverty fall from today's already high levels.”
She added, "Policy choices since 2010 have reduced the generosity of support for working age families by £34bn. Against the backdrop of major cuts, the parties' manifestos do offer big choices on social security."
The Shadow Education Secretary, whose portfolio covers the welfare of children and young people, tweeted in response to the report, “Toxic Tory legacy. The Tories are an utter disgrace, vital they are booted out!”
Labour are committed to abolishing child poverty. Its manifesto states, “We will stop 300,000 children from being in poverty by scrapping the benefit cap and the two child limit.” It goes on to commit to “pay childcare costs up front so that parents aren’t forced to turn down work or get into debt to pay for childcare.”
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said, “Our reforms to social security, including scrapping Universal Credit, the Two-Child Limit and the Benefit Cap, will stop child poverty increasing, as this report rightly acknowledges”
A Conservative Party spokesperson said, “We are committed to tackling child poverty and have made progress since we came into government – with 730,000 fewer children in workless households.”
The spokesperson went on to say, “But we know that we must continue to make every effort on this issue and our manifesto sets out how we will use the tax and benefits system to do this. The prime minister has committed to giving every child in the country the opportunity to make the most of their talents.”
Under the Tory government, austerity policies have been enforced. The general election is due to take place on December 12.
(Written by Brendan Childton, edited by Sam Gallagher)