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Still poor: the three charts that explain child poverty in Britain

Even before the new coronavirus crisis bites on living standards, penury still condemns youngsters to miss out on all sorts of things—from bicycles to holidays

Children eat school meals. Photo: PA

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As the millennium loomed, Tony Blair threw his trademark triangulation to the winds, and made his most radical pledge: “Our historic aim will be for ours to be the first generation to end child poverty. It will take a generation. It is a 20-year mission, but I believe it can be done.” Before long Blair was privately heard to lament half-jokingly that it was a winning line which, even as the words left his…

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