Child poverty

UNICEF have published a report on historic trends and current levels of child poverty in 43 OECD/EU countries. The report finds that: within a ranking of countries based on their most recent rates of child income poverty and the proportional change in that rate over a seven-year period, the UK was near the bottom. In the UK, child poverty increased by about 20% from 2014 to 2021. Recommendations include: countries should improve access to services such as free early childhood education, health care, nutrition and housing as a way to address poverty in all its forms; act to reduce inequalities in communities at risk because of migration status, ability or ethnicity; and involve children in the poverty debate.

Read/Download the report: Child poverty in the midst of wealth
Read/Download the statement from the Children’s Commissioners for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: Statement: Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Children’s Commissioners react to UNICEF report on poverty

Source: UNICEF

Date: 06 December 2023

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