Number of children in extreme poverty rises to 550,000

The number of children living in destitution has increased to 550,000, according to latest figures analysed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It found that “worryingly” there has been “a big rise in destitution” which now affects one million households, involving 2.4m people and including 550,000 children. The latest figures relate to 2019 and are a rise of 35 per cent on destitution data from 2017. Read more.

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