Labour's appalling record leaves children in poverty

April 6, 2010 1:17 PM

Julian HuppertThe Labour government's appalling record on child poverty has been attacked by Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge.

Julian has spoken out after figures hidden away in a report published alongside the Budget show that the government will miss its target of abolishing child poverty by 2020 by one million children.

The figures also reveal that there will be 600,000 more children living in poverty than would be needed to meet this year's target.

Julian said: "Labour's record on this issue is scandalous. Child poverty figures have been increasing for the past three years with four million children living below the breadline in this country.

"We cannot allow these figures to continue going up. Action is needed now to address the real issues behind these numbers - family breakdown, unemployment and debt.

"The government has had 13 years to get this right and still children are suffering. This is totally unacceptable and should not be allowed to happen."

Figures released two years ago in a report "Mapping Poverty" by Cambridgeshire County Council show that 3,401 children are living in homes claiming Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Benefit - more than 2,000 of these are under 11.

There are almost 12,500 people in the city claiming one or both of these benefits which amounts to one in nine people.

"Labour is on course to leave one million children living in poverty in the next 10 years," added Julian. "We cannot go on like this."

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