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  What does 'poverty' mean?
Updated 20 June 2002, 14.24
Children living in poverty
We always hear about children in countries like Africa and South America who are living in what's called "poverty".

If their families aren't earning very much money, they can miss out on things like:

  • A proper education - because they might have to work
  • Enough food
  • Proper clothing
But "poverty" isn't just about money and it doesn't just affect children in other countries.

Poverty in the UK

Did you know almost 4 million children in the UK are living in "poverty" too?

What this means is:

  • 1 in 3 poor children do not have three meals a day
  • 1 in 3 poor children miss out on toys, school trips and after school clubs
  • 1 in 3 poor children don't have warm enough clothes and shoes for the winter
  • Children living in poorer families are 15 times more likely to die in a fire at home
What's being done?

The government says it wants to halve the number of children living in poverty by 2010.

It says the way to do it is to have less unemployment and to spend more money on public services.

Source: End Child Poverty campaign

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