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Labour will tackle every root cause of child poverty – John McDonnell

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Responding to a Resolution Foundation report on child poverty, John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said “Our reforms to social security, including scrapping Universal Credit, the Two-Child Limit and the Benefit Cap, will stop child poverty increasing, as this Report rightly acknowledges. But it fails to take account of Labour’s plans to tackle the root causes of child poverty.

“We will poverty-proof schools, introducing Free School Meals for all primary school children and tackling the cost of school uniforms. We will massively expand free childcare and open 1,000 new Sure Start centres.

“We will tackle the crisis of low pay by introducing a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour and giving public sector workers a five per cent pay rise, abolishing in-work poverty within a parliament. We will also guarantee a Right to Food to end the scandal of children and their families relying on food banks.

“We will ensure workers have full rights from day one and ban zero-hours contracts. We will build a million homes over a decade to tackle the housing crisis and rebuild our NHS after a decade of Tory neglect.

“The choice at this election is clear: record child poverty under the Tories or – with Labour – the strongest and widest fight against the root causes of child poverty for a generation.”