3August 2019•The Week Junior
orethan two million children in the UK have
been living in poverty for at least two out of
the past three years, according toanew study.
Research shows that 14.3 million people live in
poverty in the UK, meaning that oncethey have paid
thecosts of their housing, heating and childcare, they
have less money left overcompared to the amount
the average UKfamily has.
Agroupcalled the Social MetricsCommission
(SMC), which measures poverty in the UK, has
been looking at the issue for three years and uses
information to track how the situation has changed.
Of the 14.3 million people now living in poverty,a
thirdofthem areindeep poverty.This means they
have less than 50% of the money the averagefamily
has to spend. In money terms, this meansacouple
with two children in deep poverty has £211aweek to
spend after paying for their home, andasingle parent
with one child has less than £101.50aweek.
In comparison, Government statistics show that
the average household spent £572.60each week in
2018, the highest figuresince2005.
The SMC added that seven million people,
including 2.3 million young people, areliving in
persistent poverty,which means they have been in
poverty for at least two of the previous three years.
Many of thesefamilies will not have enough money
to let their children join in with activities such as
school trips, and some parents may have trouble
paying for new clothes or school lunches.
After publishing the figures, the SMCcalled on
the new Prime Minister,Boris Johnson, to takeaction
on poverty.They said hecould help tackle the issue
by increasing state benefits (money given to people
in certain circumstances to help them meet their
day-to-day living needs) that help workingfamilies
in need. Some of these benefits haven’t increased in
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