Published: 21st Jan 2021

The children’s commissioner for England has urged politicians to come up with a ‘big, bold, long-term plan’ to end child poverty. It comes as Anne Longfield publishes a series of essays by politicians across the political divide, which calls for urgent action to tackle the issue. Introducing the essays, Ms Longfield warns that child poverty in England will continue to rise during this parliament unless the government commits to a bold, broad response. The commissioner says in 2010/11, there were 3.6m children living in relative poverty in the UK after housing costs. By the start of her term as children’s commissioner, in 2014/15, the number had risen to 3.9m, rising to 4.2m 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. ‘In the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)