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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

7m of Britain's kids living below the breadline

A new report commissioned by the TUC highlights that a majority of British children will soon be growing up in families existing below the breadline because of austerity driven welfare cuts, tax rises and wage freezes. By 2015 over 7.1 million of the country's 13 million youngsters will be in homes with incomes less than the minimum necessary for a decent standard of living:

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: 'Families are suffering the tightest squeeze in living standards in nearly a century. On top of wages that do not keep up with prices, government policies are making life even more miserable for millions of low to middle-income families through tax increases and cuts in benefits and tax credits. By the 2015 election, the majority of children in Britain will be living below the breadline. For any civilised society, that should be shaming'