The Joseph Rowntree foundation has updated its Destitution in the UK report for 2018. It estimates that over 1.5million people, including 365,000 children, were destitute in the UK at some point during 2017. This means that they could not afford to buy the essentials needed to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean. Parents interviewed spoke of: trying to protect their children from going hungry, usually by going without food themselves; children’s clothing being an issue because of the frequent need for new clothes as they grew; and struggling with the expense of school uniforms.
Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation (including PDF report) Date: 07 June 2018