Amber Rudd condemns UN poverty report in combative return to frontline politics – Philip Alston got his evidence from real experts – those who have suffered directly from the effects of austerity which incontrovertibly was instigated by the government.
From the report quoted in the Guardian (see above link) –
The results? 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line,
and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials.
The widely respected Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts a 7% rise in child poverty between 2015 and 2022, and various sources predict child poverty rates of as high as 40%.
For almost one in every two children to be poor in twenty-first century Britain is not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one.
I feel shame in the light of this to be thought of as British.