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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

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. However, his other claim that there were 100,000 fewer children in absolute poverty is correct if you’re comparing since 2009/10 - but it had risen by 100,000 if you’re comparing the change since 2010/11.

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