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Government ‘in rejection’ over child hardship as PM slated for ‘inaccurate’ comments

Government ‘in rejection’ over child hardship as PM slated for ‘inaccurate’ comments
Boris Johnson has been reprimanded over a series of incorrect statements on UK child poverty as his Government was told it is ‘in denial’ about the growing problem. The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) concluded the prime minister made several inaccurate claims on the problem since being elected in December last year. It was responding…

Boris Johnson has actually been reprimanded over a series of incorrect declarations on UK child poverty as his Government was informed it is ‘in rejection’ about the growing problem.

The Workplace for Statistics Policy (OSR) concluded the prime minister made a number of incorrect claims on the problem because being elected in December in 2015.

It was responding to a complaint from completion Kid Poverty Coalition over three occurrences when the Prime Minister made what the union described as ‘deceptive’ declarations.

Writing to the OSR, the union said Mr Johnson’s claim on The Andrew Marr Show on December 1 2019 that there ‘are 400,000 less kids in poverty than there remained in 2010’ was incorrect.

It likewise stated Mr Johnson’s declaration that ‘definitely hardship and relative hardship have both declined under this Federal government’ and ‘there are hundreds of thousands, I think 400,000, fewer families residing in poverty now than there remained in 2010’, made at PMQs on June 17, this year was also untrue.

The union also highlighted that at PMQs on June 24, Mr Johnson incorrectly stated ‘there are 100,000 fewer children in absolute poverty and 500,000 kids falling listed below thresholds of low earnings and product deprivation’.

In the letter, Anna Feuchtwang, chairwoman of the union, stated it can not be ideal that such figures are used ‘selectively’.

She wrote: ‘While it is expected– and right– that child poverty must be the subject of robust political dispute, it can not be ideal that official figures on something as essential as the number of kids remain in hardship continue to be used selectively, inaccurately and, ultimately, misleadingly.’

Reacting to the complaints set out in the letter, Ed Humpherson, director-general for regulation at the authority, stated: ‘Our team has investigated the statements which you highlight (and has actually reached the same conclusion that these declarations are incorrect).’

Ms Feuchtwang said she invited the conclusion from the OSR that the PM had actually utilized kid poverty stats incorrectly.

‘ It is deeply insulting to the children and households swept into hardship when information about them is utilized selectively and misleadingly at the whim of politicians,’ she said.

‘ The basic fact is that by any steps kid poverty is increasing however rather of taking on the problem the Federal government threats obscuring the concern and disinforming the general public.

‘ The lives of real individuals are at stake and we need constant use of details and urgent action.’

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Child Hardship Action Group president Alison Garnham said: ‘The tough reality is that kid poverty is growing in the UK but the Government remains in rejection on this– that needs to shift.

‘ If we are to make progress, the issue must be faced not prevented.

‘ If the will and the focus are there, a method can be concurred and action required to prevent more kids from being damaged by hardship.’

She included: ‘It’s our moral duty to protect kids from hardship and to invest in them.

‘ It’s also the most significant financial investment we as a nation can make for our future.’

Shadow education secretary Kate Green said the Prime Minister need to ‘come clean’ and remedy the record on the concern.

She stated: ‘It is outrageous that the Prime Minister is not able to inform the reality about the hardship dealt with by numerous households struggling to make ends fulfill.

‘ Kid and households in such challenging circumstances are worthy of better than this shoddy treatment from an out-of-touch Prime Minister who has consistently stopped working to be honest about the challenges they face.

‘ The Prime Minister need to now fix the record, both publicly and in Parliament, and ensure that when he next raises his Government’s damning record on child hardship, he comes clean about what the statistics are saying.’

Metro.co.uk has called Downing Street for remark.

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