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United Nations report warns ‘nearly half’ of UK children could be in poverty by 2021.

A new report from the United Nations suggests that nearly half of our children could be living in poverty by 2021 if the government continues its regime of cutting the budgets of supporting services.

In its report on extreme poverty and human rights in the UK, the UN’s Human Rights Council cites the tragic social consequences of the government’s austerity policies which, it suggests, continue unabated. The report forecasts that close to 40% of the UK’s children will be living in poverty by 2021 should the austerity regime continue.

The report’s author, Philip Alston said ‘The bottom line is that much of the glue that has held British society together since the Second World War has been deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos. A booming economy, high employment and a budget surplus have not reversed austerity, a policy pursued more as an ideological than an economic agenda.’

Read the full report here.