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Published on October 11th, 2011 | by Joe Hinds
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[caption id="attachment_4116" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="By 2015 over 3 million children will be living in absolute poverty in the UK © UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi"][/caption] The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has released a report highlighting the cost of falling incomes for working-class and middle-income families, as they forecast a huge rise in adult and child poverty over the next decade. The bleak report predicts that by as soon as 2013 there will be 3.1 million children living in poverty as a result of the fall in median income by 7%, the largest fall in 35 years.
In 2009 there were already over 7 million UK citizens living in absolute poverty, where not even a minimum standard of living can be afforded, with 17% of all children in the UK unjustly having to live in these conditions. These figures are only rising. While the government claims it will have cut child poverty rates down to 5% by 2020, several independent reports (including the IFS) have suggested that in reality rather than being reduced this figure will instead rise to 23%. This is simply not good enough. Despite the government's system of cuts and supposed lack of finances something radical must be done to improve this dire situation as sticking the status quo is clearly having no meaningful long term effect on poverty within the UK. This report came on the same day in which an ActionAid document showed that 98 out of the 100 largest UK companies and their subsidies have set up shop in jurisdictions classed as tax havens, with HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Group and RBS alone accounting for 1,649 companies located in jurisdictions classed as tax havens; costing the country billions of pounds in lost taxes. Surely by clamping down on these multinationals and tackling this corporate tax avoidance the government would be able to remove this sickening level of poverty from our streets altogether and not to mention prevent them from creating such monstrosities as Andrew Lansley's health reform bill, which will go before the House of Lords today.

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UK To See ‘Big Rise’ In Poverty

By 2015 over 3 million children will be living in absolute poverty in the UK © UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has released a report highlighting the cost of falling incomes for working-class and middle-income families, as they forecast a huge rise in adult and child poverty over the next decade. The bleak report predicts that by as soon as 2013 there will be 3.1 million children living in poverty as a result of the fall in median income by 7%, the largest fall in 35 years.

In 2009 there were already over 7 million UK citizens living in absolute poverty, where not even a minimum standard of living can be afforded, with 17% of all children in the UK unjustly having to live in these conditions. These figures are only rising. While the government claims it will have cut child poverty rates down to 5% by 2020, several independent reports (including the IFS) have suggested that in reality rather than being reduced this figure will instead rise to 23%. This is simply not good enough.

Despite the government’s system of cuts and supposed lack of finances something radical must be done to improve this dire situation as sticking the status quo is clearly having no meaningful long term effect on poverty within the UK. This report came on the same day in which an ActionAid document showed that 98 out of the 100 largest UK companies and their subsidies have set up shop in jurisdictions classed as tax havens, with HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Group and RBS alone accounting for 1,649 companies located in jurisdictions classed as tax havens; costing the country billions of pounds in lost taxes. Surely by clamping down on these multinationals and tackling this corporate tax avoidance the government would be able to remove this sickening level of poverty from our streets altogether and not to mention prevent them from creating such monstrosities as Andrew Lansley’s health reform bill, which will go before the House of Lords today.

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