We are calling on the government to keep measuring child poverty – money matters and we need to make sure families have enough.
The government wants to stop reporting on child poverty and instead focus on how well children do in their GCSEs and whether their parents have a job or not. These are important issues, but they don’t get to the crux of whether child poverty is a prevalent issue in the UK. If this goes ahead, the government will effectively ignore the 2.4 million children living in poverty who are in working families.
From our work with the most vulnerable children, we know many families on low incomes are struggling to make ends meet and provide the very basics for their children, forced to make impossible choices like whether to heat their homes or put food on the table. By changing the way they measure and respond to child poverty, and excluding any measurement of the number of children in low income working families, the Government is ignoring the millions of children living in low-income families who are struggling to get by.