Dec 11, 2013
Britain Produces Generations of Impoverished Children
Posted on Aug 26, 2013
Britain risks “sleepwalking into a world where inequality becomes so entrenched that our children grow up in a state of social apartheid,” a leading charity is expected to show in a report set to be published next week.
According to The Guardian, the report from the National Children’s Bureau compares aspects of children’s lives today with data collected during a seminal study of 11-year-olds conducted in 1969 called “Born to Fail?” Today’s research finds that significantly more children are growing up in relative poverty—3.6 million now compared with 2 million decades ago. These children are said to suffer “devastating consequences throughout their lives.”
“Today, although there have been some improvements,” the study adds, “overall the situation appears to be no better, and in some respects has got worse.”
Dr. Hilary Emery, the bureau’s chief executive, finds that “There is a real risk that our society is sleepwalking into a world where children grow up in a state of social apartheid, with poor children destined to experience hardship and disadvantage just by accident of birth, and their more affluent peers unaware of their existence.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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