The cost to UK society of poverty and the many other social problems with which it is related is huge. While it is not easy to quantify all the consequences of poverty, here are some of the annual costs directly or indirectly connected to child poverty, as an example:

  • £3 billion spent on children by local authority services;
  • more than £500 million to support homeless families with children;
  • around £300 million on free school dinners;
  • around £500 million on primary health care for deprived children;
  • knock-on costs in lost taxes and extra benefits claimed by adults with poor job prospects, linked to educational failure at school.

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