Thursday 15 February 2018 / 9:47 AM Margaret Greenwood / Work and Pensions

The increase in child poverty is a direct result of this Government’s utter failure – Margaret Greenwood

Margaret Greenwood, Shadow Minister for Employment and Inequalities, responding to TUC analysis of the number of children of public sector workers in poverty, said:

“The increase in child poverty is a direct result of this Government’s utter failure to tackle the rising cost of living and stagnating wages and its slashing of the social security support available to families. It is sadly no surprise that the Tories refuse to set a target to reduce child poverty.

“It is completely unacceptable that public sector workers and their families are struggling to make ends meet. 

“The Child Poverty Action Group estimates that cuts to Universal Credit will mean a million more children living in poverty by the end of the decade than would have under the original design. To make matters worse, the Government’s plans to restrict free school meals are creating a cliff-edge in provision for low-paid working families. 

“A Labour government will put an end to the  public sector pay cap and ensure security and dignity for all.”

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