According to a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, children have had the highest poverty rate in the UK in the last 20 years. Commenting on the report, Lizzy Hall, Founder of The Hygiene Bank said:
“This harrowing report from JRF highlights the scale of the problem facing millions of families living in poverty in the UK today. It also reflects what our network of charity partners tell us; that many families and young people are having to choose between eating and staying clean because they can’t afford to do both. Stories of parents who have to ration nappies for their babies, women being housebound because they can’t afford sanitary protection, children missing school because they don’t have clean uniform. Since starting the charity 18 months ago, we’ve been overwhelmed with the demand for our services. We agree with the JRF that immediate action is required across the country and in government so that everyone living in the UK can achieve a decent standard of living”.
Read the full report from the JRF here.