Child poverty is set to soar

CPThe number of children living in poverty will soar to a record 5.2 million over the next five years as government welfare cuts bite deepest on households with young families, research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts.
Well controlled child poverty rate under Labour, according to the IFS, is now set to increase by seven percentage points to 37% over the next five years.
The IFS said freezing benefits, the introduction of universal credit and less generous tax credits would mean a surge in child poverty and that the steepest increases would be in the most deprived parts of the country.
What happens in macro, does happen in micro, and Harrow situation is equally concerning – also see our related article ‘Two kingdoms’ situation in Harrow!
Although child poverty has never been high on the agenda in Harrow since the Act came into force in 2010, the reality is that child poverty levels in Harrow are 19% before housing costs (BHC) and rise to 29% after housing costs (AHC) and vary according to the profile of the wards in the borough, highlights the  Harrow council’s Strategy And Action Plan 2017 – 2020.
The child poverty is bigger in some of the more deprived areas, for example Roxbourne 28% BHC and 42% AHC, and is more noticed in new arrivals and those with large families, low skills and health problems.
The unemployment rate in the borough  varies, according to the action plan: above London levels in Wealdstone and Marlborough.
Low wages is another issue that impacts child poverty. Wages paid in Harrow (£489) in 2014 were below the national average of £523.30 and considerably lower than London’s average of £660.50.