TruePublica Editor: This is quite extraordinary. At
first, I thought this was some sort of ‘fake news’ article. Worryingly,
it isn’t. Austerity – a Conservative ideology that recklessly bailed out
banks then socialised the debt has had dramatic effects upon civil
society, demonstrated no better than the plummet in the overall welfare
of Britain’s children in recent years. But this increase in child
poverty is now of epidemic dimensions – and should be treated like one.
Nearly half of children are now living in poverty in some parts of the UK, research by
the End Child Poverty coalition has found. An unbelievable 100,000 are
unfortunately added to this miserable category each year, and the
government’s own statistics now show one third of all children in Britain are living in poverty.
No mention of a concerted effort by politicians to bring this scandal
to an end in any manifesto; itself a damning indictment of those in