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TOPIC: One million UK children face ‘Dickensian levels of poverty’ this Christmas

One million UK children face ‘Dickensian levels of poverty’ this Christmas 06 Dec 2018 09:35 #11855

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New analysis reveals that one million under-10s will be deprived of basics such as warm winter clothing, fresh food or celebrations this Christmas.

Leading charity Action for Children today (Thursday 6 December) warns the UK risks ‘Dickensian’ levels of poverty as a new analysis of official government data¹ shows a million children under 10 years old face a desperate Christmas this year.

As other young children spend December writing their Christmas wish-list to Santa, a million under-10s from low-income families are facing a bleak festive season, lacking basics such as a warm winter coat, fresh food or celebration.

And with the impact of austerity continuing to hit families hard, a new survey² for the charity also reveals many are increasingly feeling the squeeze at Christmas.

Over the past decade, nearly half (46 per cent) of parents say they have been cutting back on Christmas essentials like presents, Christmas dinner and a tree, while a quarter (25 per cent) are getting into debt to afford them.

Action for Children is warning the double blow of austerity and ongoing problems with the introduction of universal credit could soon see the country facing Dickensian levels of poverty.

welfareweekly.com/one-million-uk-children-face-dickensian-levels-of-poverty-this-christmas/
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