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Full Fact calls on the Prime Minister to correct the record on poverty

Full Fact calls on the Prime Minister to correct the record on poverty

By Staff Writer

Full Fact calls on the Prime Minister to correct the record on poverty30 July 2020 | Rebecca HillPoverty is an issue of fundamental importance to society, but it’s also complex to measure. We urge the Prime Minister to ensure that the parliamentary record (Hansard) is corrected. The statements in question are:“There are 400,000 fewer children in poverty than there were in 2010.” (BBC, 1 December 2019)“Absolute poverty and relative poverty have both declined under this government”. When we looked into his claims from 17 June, we found that government figures showed that relative low income was at the same level in 2018/19 as in 2009/10 and absolute low income fell by one percentage point. It was also unclear which poverty figures the Prime Minister was referring to when he said there were 400,000 fewer families living in poverty.