Poverty? You Don’t Know The Meaning Of The Word…

More than half of all children in the UK’s very poorest areas are now growing up in poverty as the impact of cuts to benefits continues to be felt by the least well-off families, according to a new study.


“Did you hear about the English children living in poverty, Sanjay? Just terrible…”

The study comes as the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that child poverty levels – a child is said to live in poverty if they are in a family living on less than 60% of median household income – are set to rise significantly over the next three years.

Median household income for the UK is £27, 200, which is an increase on last year, according to the government number-crunchers.

And if you can’t raise a child on 60% of that, feed and clothe it, one might ask why you have one?

A government spokesperson said: “The best route out of poverty is through employment, and since 2010 an extra 3 million more people are now in work and 600,000 fewer children are living in workless households.

But we recognise that budgets are tight, and that’s why we’re helping families keep more of what they earn.

“We’ve doubled free childcare – worth £5,000 per child each year – while our £2.5bn pupil premium programme is supporting 2 million disadvantaged schoolchildren across the country.”

That ‘free childcare’ isn’t free at all.

8 comments for “Poverty? You Don’t Know The Meaning Of The Word…

  1. Ed P
    January 29, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Why 60% of median household income(MHI)? Why not 57% or 54%? It’s a totally arbitrary made-up figure.
    Obviously, as MHI increases, so the calculated “number in poverty” increases too, as the goalposts have moved.
    But with 3 million more in work and 600,000 fewer children in work-less households, plus all the taxpayer handouts, this is a non-problem, presumably pushed by Liebores.

  2. Mudplugger
    January 29, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    The selectively-omitted word is ‘relative’. Relative UK poverty is quite different from real poverty.

    It would be fascinating to compare the MHI of UK children with the MHI of children elsewhere in the world – that would provide a truer indicator of childhood poverty.

    We don’t need the data to be able to predict that UK children would come out somewhere near the least-poor. So nothing to see here, move on.

  3. Pcar
    January 29, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Why is it always children/families/disabled?

    Chap I know (mid-fifties), a former client, had a bad accident & lost his business in 2008. In April 2009 he received a CPI increase to ~£98 per week from DWP; January 2018 no change still ~£98 per week. He does genuinely struggle.

    • January 30, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Unless you can claim multiple things, you will. You have to tick more than one box.

  4. seekerofthetruth
    January 30, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Willis Eschenbach talks of real poverty in his usual inimitable manner.


  5. Errol
    January 30, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    When ‘poverty’ is not having two holidays a year and an expensive telephone it is laughable. I paid £900 in tax this month. I resent every penny of it. It allows people who don’t get up at 5:30 to loaf about, smoke and drink all day long while my efforts are squandered on them.

    • Mudplugger
      January 31, 2018 at 8:51 am

      You paid a lot more than £900 in tax – add in the VAT, Excise Duties, Insurance Premium Tax and all the other stealth imposts which fuel the central layabout fund and that £900 starts to look a tad modest.

      • Errol
        January 31, 2018 at 10:28 pm

        Oh yeah, the stealth taxes soak up another £300 a month. It’s theft.

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