Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More UK children living in poverty

The number of British children living in poverty has risen for a second successive year, raising doubts about the government's commitment to halve the number by 2010.

According to government figures published Tuesday, the number of children living in poverty rose by 100,000 in 2006-2007 to 2.9 million before housing costs.

Pensioner poverty also increased for the first time since 1998, up by 300,000 to 2.5m. The numbers of both children and pensioners in poverty is even higher once costs such as rent and mortgages are taken into account.


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