Time for a government U-turn over shocking child poverty levels | Mary Bousted

Nine children in every school class of 30 are poor, as teachers know well. Has the pandemic at last made ministers care about it?

If there is a consensus emerging from the awful coronavirus pandemic, it is this: it has shone a spotlight on child poverty and the damage it does to young lives.

Politicians who voted for austerity measures – including the two-child cap on child benefit and the five-week delay to the first payment of universal credit – that cruelly punished disadvantaged children, have rediscovered a concern for those whose lives have been blighted by their actions.

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