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In a collection of short essays, the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, calls for a ‘bold, broad response’ to child poverty. Touching on a range of issues, with contributions from a number of politicians and campaigners, the report shines a light on an often hidden topic, which affects us all.

The shocking, and powerful, report is available to download and read here.

Introducing the contributions, the Children’s Commissioner warns that child poverty in England will continue to rise during this Parliament unless the Government commits to a bold, broad response, and that the Covid crisis is creating a child poverty timebomb that could see millions more children falling into poverty without urgent help. In 2010/11, there were 3.6 million children living in relative poverty in the UK after housing costs. By the start of the Anne Longfield’s term as Children’s Commissioner, in 2014/15, the number had risen to 3.9 million, rising to 4.2 million or 30% of children by 2018/19. By the end of this parliament, even with a strong economic recovery, one in three children will be living in relative poverty – a level not seen since the 1990s.

Read the full news piece on the Children’s Commissioner website here.