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Last Updated: Tuesday January 26 2010 07:16 GMT

Rising numbers living in poverty

Child in front of garage

Rising numbers of UK children don't have enough food to eat or clothes to wear, according to a charity.

Save the Children said the country's money worries have meant that thousands more kids are living in 'severe poverty' than before the recession.

It said children in severe poverty don't have enough money for basic needs like a bed to sleep on or a winter coat.

And the charity is worried that the situation could get worse.

According to Save the Children 260,000 more kids were living in 'severe poverty' in 2008 than in 2004.

The Government measures poverty levels slightly differently, and said it has already lifted millions of children out of poverty, and aims to wipe out child poverty altogether by 2020.