It’s reported in The Guardian this morning that child poverty has increased by 300,000 under the ConDem coalition – emphasis on the “Con” – with children accounting for one in three of the 900,000 people who have fallen into poverty since 2010.
The government has a legal responsibility to ensure that only 10% of children live in relative poverty by 2020 (ie. living in a household with less than 60% of the median income). Taking into account housing costs, and when 2010-11 figures are factored in also, the percentage is currently 29%.
It’s important to note also that the entire increase in children in poverty last year came from working – not workless – households.
There’s more detail in the DWP’s full statistics.