Benefit cuts since 2010 increased UK child poverty in run-up to pandemic, says IFS

Benefit cuts imposed by the Conservatives since 2010 pushed up child poverty before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report warning that poorer families are also among the most exposed to the cost of living crisis. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said relative child poverty rose to the highest level since 2007 immediately before Covid-19 hit, as the incomes of poorer families with children fell further behind due to austerity. It said the relative poverty rate – defined as the fraction of people with an income below 60% of the national median – increased from 27% of all households in 2013 to 31% in 2019, just before the pandemic struck. Read more.

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