Market Research Highlights Child Poverty Plight

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6th September 2012 11:44 - Voluntary

A recent report released by Save The Children and entitled ‘Child Poverty in 2012: It Shouldn’t Happen Here’ suggests that there are 3.5million children living in poverty in the UK, and that this figure is expected to rise by 400,000 by 2015.

The report, which considers 1,504 children aged 8-16 and over 5000 parents, reveals that well over half of parents in poverty (61%) say they have cut back on food, and over a quarter (26%) say they have skipped meals in the past twelve months. Around 1 in 5 parents in poverty (19%) say their children have to make do without new shoes when they need them; and a large number of children in poverty say they are missing out on things that many other children take for granted, such as going on school trips (19%) and having a warm coat in winter (14%).

The research also demonstrated that children have a knowledge of the situation in which their family finds itself. The majority of all children (58%) think it is getting harder for their family to pay for everything. Over half of children in poverty (52%) agree that not having enough money makes their parents unhappy or stressed. Over a third of children in poverty (36%) say their family struggles to pay the bills. More than 4 in 10 children in poverty (43%) ‘agree’ or  ‘strongly agree’ that their parents are cutting back on things for themselves, such as new clothes and food.

Verbatim comments from one low income parent highlight the position more acutely:

“I feel that the basic costs of living have gone up so much – mainly the price of basic food. I used to be able to go to the supermarket and do a weekly shop for around £50 and this has now doubled. I can now only afford the very basics and occasional treat… I can only work part time, as childcare costs are too high to justify working full time. So I now have an evening job waiting tables to help make ends meet.”

Low-Income Parent

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