ELEC­TION UP­DATE Poverty bat­tle fears for chil­dren

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BORIS John­son’s ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment could lead to “record lev­els of child poverty”, cam­paign­ers have warned.

De­spite pledges to end the aus­ter­ity agenda of his pre­de­ces­sors, anti-poverty groups fear that changes to so­cial se­cu­rity will drag even more chil­dren be­low the poverty line.

Direc­tor of the Poverty Al­liance, Peter Kelly said: “The Gen­eral Elec­tion took place against a back­ground of a ris­ing tide of poverty, with more and more peo­ple strug­gling to keep their heads above wa­ter.

“Prediction­s prior to the elec­tion sug­gested that the num­ber of chil­dren be­ing swept into poverty could reach a his­toric high.

“We need pub­lic services that are there for ev­ery­one. We can­not go on the way we are.”

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