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MORE than five mil­lion chil­dren in the UK face liv­ing in poverty over the next five years.

That is the find­ing of a new re­port by the In­sti­tute For Fis­cal Stud­ies (IFS). The IFS says that the num­ber of chil­dren liv­ing in poverty will in­crease from 4m to 5.2m. They say that around a third of this is be­cause of planned changes to ben­e­fits and taxes, such as the new rule that means par­ents can claim ben­e­fits for no more than two chil­dren.

The re­port says that poor house­holds will be hit hard­est, es­pe­cially in the north of Eng­land, the Mid­lands, Wales and North­ern Ire­land. This is be­cause poor house­holds in th­ese ar­eas get a higher amount of their money from ben­e­fits. The rates of poverty for pen­sion­ers, and adults with no chil­dren, will hardly change.

Th­ese fig­ures are based on es­ti­mates, in­clud­ing how much earn­ings are ex­pected to rise, so could change if the econ­omy im­proves or the Gov­ern­ment takes ac­tion.

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