Child Poverty

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4 million children - one in three - are currently living in poverty in the UK, one of the highest rates in the industrialised world. This is a shocking figure given the wealth of our nation.
The goal of the Campaign to End Child Poverty is simple - to eradicate child poverty in the UK - and our aims are clear.

  • Inform the public about the causes and effects of child poverty;
  • Forge commitment between, and across, the public, private and voluntary sectors to end child poverty by 2020;
  • Promote the case for ending child poverty by 2020 with this and every future Government.

Action is needed now!
Together with all our supporters, we are demanding the Government invests the necessary resources and policy changes to deliver on its promise to all children to eradicate child poverty in the UK by 2020.
The TUC are fully behind the campaign and we you will too.
Go to their website to learn more.

We take a look at what happened at the TUC Making Work Pay? What role can the welfare state play in raising living standards? conference held on 8th December 2014. It focused on the impact of the current high levels of unemployment and falling average weekly earnings, low-paid workers and...
11 December 2014
Seasons Playhouse — a youth theatre group — will be hosting a play and community discussion about low incomes in Liverpool, as young people see it. Using input of over 140 young people from around Merseyside, they have created a play called “Brass Razoo”, to be shown during Living Wage...
24 October 2014
The majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families, according to a new report published today (Friday) by the TUC.
22 August 2014
Children England, along with many of their member organisations, and the TUC have published a new joint agreement on the future of children’s services commissioning. The agreement – Declaration of Interdependence in Children’s Services – has been reached following concerns that the government’s narrow market-led approach to provision is having...
28 July 2014
Commenting on the latest Household Below Average Income figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics – which show that between 2010/11 and 2012/13 the number of working age adults in absolute poverty increased by a million, and the number of children by half a million – TUC...
01 July 2014
In this paper, we ask if social mobility is going into reverse. What are the connections between social mobility and inequality? And what policies might help a recovery of social mobility? These answers are important, because stalled social mobility is at the heart of the modern battle of ideas.
13 May 2014
Years of real-terms cuts to child benefit, statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will leave expectant and new parents up to £450 a year worse off – enough to buy a year’s supply of nappies, baby wipes and babygrows, the TUC says today (Friday), ahead of the annual increase in...
04 April 2014
Commenting on the report published today (Friday) by Policy Exchange, which calls for state intervention to encourage single parents with pre-school children to work, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
17 January 2014
In June 2013 the TUC embarked on a nationwide tour to hear how government cuts had impacted on real people's lives; gathering the evidence to convict government policies... This video shares some of the stories and experiences we heard on our travels and if one things clear it's that austerity...
04 December 2013
Commenting on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s first annual ‘State of the Nation’ report published today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
17 October 2013