Government provides no credible plan to end child poverty, say Churches
27 February 2014
- 27% of Britain's children already live in poverty
Three major British Churches have attacked the Government's
Child Poverty Strategy, saying that it fails to provide a credible
plan to tackle child poverty.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, Methodist and United
Reformed Churches welcome the Government's pledge to eradicate
child poverty by 2020, but argue that the strategy fails to provide
a credible plan to achieve this aim.
of Fiscal Studies predicts that by 2020 UK child poverty
will have increased from 3.5 million to 4.7 million, and that the
major driver behind this increase will be the tax and welfare
changes introduced since 2010.
"Child poverty is set to increase for the rest of the decade and
beyond and this strategy will not stop this," said Paul Morrison,
Public Issues Policy Adviser and author of
The lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about
poverty, a report dispelling six common myths about poverty.
"Perversely the strategy trumpets measures that will actually
increase child poverty. The Benefit Cap and the Bedroom Tax are
mentioned as poverty reduction strategies yet we know that already
both measures are driving families into poverty.
"By 2020 one in three of our children is set to live in poverty.
But rather than addressing this fundamental problem, the strategy
restates old policies - some positive, some negative, but none
substantial enough to grasp the seriousness of the challenge ahead.
For families which can't afford to heat their homes, or feed and
clothe their children adequately, this strategy is a wasted
"Jesus spoke of the preciousness of each and every child. The
nation's commitment to eradicating child poverty is a beacon of
hope on the political landscape. This strategy fails to turn that
hope into a credible reality. A childhood spent in poverty is a sad
and terrible failure of our society to prioritise those most