‘Government needs to make ending child poverty a priority’, says Education Union

Last year 34.3% of Isle of Wight children were living in poverty according to the charity End Child Poverty and this figure is increasing says Peter Shreeve, Assistant District Secretary of the National Education Union

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Analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research finds that the number of additional children forecasted to be in poverty by the end of 2020.

Peter Shreeve, Assistant District Secretary of the National Education Union said:

“This latest report is deeply alarming adding to already appalling levels of poverty. Last year 34.3% of Island children were living in poverty according to the charity End Child Poverty and this figure is increasing.

“The report forecasts that an enormous number of children will be thrown into poverty by Christmas. This is in addition to the 4.2 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2018-19, which equals nine children in every class of 30.”

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He went on to say,

“Schools know only too well the impact this has on the children and young people they teach. Support staff and teachers regularly try and support children who are tired are often hungry. But schools alone cannot solve this problem. We know 40% of the educational attainment gap with which disadvantaged children are burdened, is created before they even start school.

“This year, local media has often reported on all kinds of poverty – ‘period’ poverty, ‘holiday’ poverty and poverty relating to ‘disadvantaged’ pupils. Now, we have the devastating impact of Covid-19 on household incomes.

“Government must come clean about the reality, which is that the disruption caused by Coronavirus for disadvantaged children cannot be recovered through booster classes alone. Wales and Scotland have national plans to develop proper programmes of learning because of Covid-19, but the Westminster Government is behind on a national response on curriculum flexibility and blended learning.”

Shreeve: Government needs make ending child poverty a priority
Peter finished by saying,

“After seeing the report, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd, Jenny Coles said that rising poverty ‘is not something we should accept or normalise, neither is continued government inaction’.

“Politicians from across the political spectrum have been speaking out about the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on children living in poverty. At the start of this crisis the Government said it would do whatever it takes to see the UK through the current crisis.

“For the sake of all the children expected to be in poverty by the end of the year – and the millions already in poverty before the crisis struck – the Government needs to step up to the plate and make ending child poverty a priority.”

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Monday, 8th June, 2020 6:54am


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How are they going to END CHILD POVERTY without ending poverty, by taking the Child away from their parents. Look up ‘Strategic Intelligence’ and ‘Global Governance’. To be prepared is to be informed. Youtube Celeste Solum – “COVID-19: Disruption By Design – The One World Government Cometh” – Update 3/27/20″ watch from 18 minutes

Angela Hewitt
It is a sad fact that there will always be poverty. In 2018 14.3 million families were in poverty. Of which 8.3 mill were working adults, 4.6 million children, 1.3 million pensioners Poverty is assessed as being any family bringing home via wages or support to be 60% less than the median wage (less than the annual income of £29,400). The answer always seems to be the… Read more »

Forgive me…. so does that mean an income of less than £18k?
Because £18k is enough to live on, on the IOW surely?
We’ve lived of far less, yet our bills were paid and food in our tummy’s.
Ok, it wasn’t a luxury lifestyle but I wouldn’t consider it poverty?
Yes, an income of say below £10k is very low but then surely there are benefit top ups?


It’s not the role of Government’s to feed your children for you. We have the fifth largest economy in the world and record unemployment. Get a job.

Angela Hewitt

Most of the people on the poverty line do have a job. A low paid job!