Work not enough to stop children being trapped in poverty as number of children in severe poverty rises

More children in the UK are growing up in working families trapped in poverty. New Government data shows that, of the 4.1 million children in poverty overall, there has been an increase in the number of children caught in severe poverty to 2.8 million. Of these, the number of children in poverty that come from a working household has risen from 58% in 2010/11 to 70% in 2017/18. This is despite repeated claims by the Government that employment is the most effective means of tackling poverty and that current welfare reforms the best means of incentivising work. Read more.

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