Half of UK children lack access to proper heating

“Many families are facing stark and unacceptable choices, like heat or eat. This is disgraceful in any country, especially in one of the world’s richest.”

Half of UK children lack access to proper heating

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UK based Children’s Society charity has revealed shocking figures, suggesting that half of children in the UK are living in houses that are too cold. Meanwhile, a quarter of their houses are said to be too damp.

In a study of 2,000 children, 76% said that their family was not well-off, 53% said their house was too cold last winter, 26% said their house had a dampness or mold problem and 24% said their houses were much colder than they could bear. Moreover, 55% said they felt embarrassed about being poor while 14% said they had been bullied because of it.

Russia Today quoted Matthew Reed, the chief executive for the Children’s Society, as saying “for millions of children up and down the country, poverty is a grinding reality – and it is getting worse. Many families are facing stark and unacceptable choices, like heat or eat. This is disgraceful in any country, especially in one of the world’s richest.”

Overall, around 3 million children in the UK are said to live under the relative poverty line.

Last Mod: 30 Ekim 2013, 10:07
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