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United Kingdom minors at risk of poverty

The controversial strategies planned by the new UK government would put hundreds of thousands of children living in this country into a situation of vulnerability and poverty.


According to reports, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, and the Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, intend to adjust social benefits for people on a low income in line with average salary increases, as part of their controversial financial strategy to drive development in the country.

As a result, more than 200,000 children in this country could fall into poverty, as stated in a report published by the Child Poverty Action Group, (CPAG).

The calculation was made based on a salary increase of 5%, compared with an inflationary rate around 10%. “The UK already faces a child poverty catastrophe, and Government will ruin the lives of many more children unless it takes action,” stated Alison Graham, the chief executive of the organisation, according to the Sky News channel.

A spokesperson from Truss’ office confirmed to the press that the decision on this will be announced on 31 October, when the Government will publish the details of the way in which it intends to finance the so-called mini Budget.

According to CPAG, around 3,900,000 children were living in poverty in the United Kingdom between 2020 and 2021, a figure that is equivalent to 27% of all the minors in the country, or eight in every classroom of 30 pupils.

The charity added that 46% of the minors suffering from this scourge belonged to black or other ethnic minority family groups, compared to 26% of those raised in white families. PL

(Translated by Donna Davison – Email: Pixabay

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