The Stats

  • Over 14 million people in the UK live in poverty (that is one in five people). 4.5 million of these are children and this figure has increased for the third consecutive year. (source: Social Metrics Commission)

  • Two‐thirds of children growing up in poverty live in working families but but they just don’t earn enough to afford a decent standard of living and so are unable to work themselves out of the poverty trap. (source: Child Poverty Action Group)

  • Despite being the fifth wealthiest country in the world, child poverty is rising for the first time in 20 years, and is at its highest in inner London.

  • We know that long before people go to a food bank they stop buying toiletries. (source: The Trussel Trust)

  • 37% people living in the UK, and 56% of 18 to 24 year olds have had to go without hygiene or grooming essentials or cut down on them due to lack of funds. (source: In Kind Direct, 2017)​

  • 27% of females have at some point been unable to afford sanitary wear and have had to miss school or work (source: Bloody Big Brunch, 2019). This is an increase from the original problem thought to be 1 in 10 females (Plan International UK). To address this, from 2020, the Government has pledged that sanitary products will be freely available in primary and secondary schools.

  • 8 in 10 primary school teachers say that they’ve seen a rise in the numbers of children coming to school unwashed or not looking presentable in the last five years and have found themselves intervening at an increasing rate. Nearly half of all teachers said they had seen bullying because of hygiene issues. (source: In Kind Direct, 2017)

  • 3 out of 10 teachers regularly buy their pupils toiletry essentials. (source: In Kind Direct, 2017)

  • Tooth decay remains the number one reason that children aged 5-9 are admitted to hospital. (Royal College of Surgeons, September 2018)

  • "For almost every one 1 in 2 children to be poor in 21st Century Britain is not just disgrace but a social calamity and economic disaster rolled into one". (Quote by Philip Alston, UN Rapporteur for Poverty and Human Rights, November 2018)

  • ​End Child Poverty has published figures January 2018 on the level of child poverty in each constituency, local authority and ward in the UK. Scroll over their interactive map for harrowing details. ​​

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