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Last Updated: Friday March 10 2006 11:25 GMT

Government failing child poverty

The government has missed one of its targets on beating child poverty in the UK, new figures are expected to show.

Prime Minister Tony Blair promised to get all kids in the UK out of poverty by 2020. But it's thought the first step towards this has been missed.

The government wanted to get one million kids out of poverty since 1999, but has only managed about half that.

Campaigners say that although good work has been done, much more cash needs to be spent to lift families from poverty.

Children living in poverty in the UK often:

  • Don't get three meals a day
  • Miss out on school trips, toys and after-school clubs
  • Don't have proper warm clothes or shoes for winter
  • Live in homes that are more at risk from fires

Campaigners are also worried that the government's schemes aren't helping large families or those with disabled kids.

Jim Bennett, a child poverty expert, said: "We need to invest at least an extra 2bn a year... if the government is to continue making good progress."

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