Maldon Labour has attacked the Tory-led government for its failures on child poverty following a critical report by global charity Unicef.
Peter Edwards, prospective parliamentary candidate for Maldon, accused the government of reversing years of progress made under the last Labour government.
He spoke out after a Unicef report showed the number of British children living in poverty has increased to more than a quarter as a result of austerity measures introduced following the 2008 recession.[i]
In Maldon the number of children in in-work poverty was 2,407 last year while the equivalent figure was 1,447 for children in Out of work poverty, according to data produced by End Child Poverty.
The proportion of children in low income families was 17.27 per cent.[ii]
Peter Edwards said: “The last Labour government lifted over a million children out of poverty, but under David Cameron, progress has ground to a halt.
“Despite areas of affluence in Maldon there are still many families suffering from a lopsided recovery and three wasted years under the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
“Now the Tories want to cut tax credits again for millions of working families, while keeping a GBP3 billion-a-year tax cut for the top 1% of earners.
"Labour's economic plan will tackle child poverty and make work pay. We will raise the minimum wage, expand free childcare, scrap the bedroom tax and get more homes built. And we will balance the books in a fairer way, including by reversing David Cameron's tax cut for millionaires."
Figures published earlier this year show child poverty is set to rise by 400,000 under David Cameron's Government.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies forecasts that child poverty will rise by 400,000 during this Parliament and by 900,000 by the end of the decade.[iii]
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