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C4 Dispatches: 4 million children growing up hungry under Tories

SNP calls on the next UK government to reverse "brutal" austerity cuts and end the benefits freeze.

Following last night’s Channel 4 Dispatches programme, the SNP has said this should be a wake-up call for the next UK government who must take urgent action to tackle the child poverty crisis, immediately reversing the Tories’ brutal austerity cuts and ending the benefit freeze.

The programme, titled “Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids”, tracks the lives of a handful of children across the country who represent the four million now living in poverty and is a harrowing insight to the harmful impact the Tory austerity agenda has had on families across the UK.

This follows a damning report by the Resolution Foundation that reveals child poverty would reach “record high” under the Tories’ manifesto plans – which include £3.8 billion of further cuts to working-age benefits.

A near empty food cupboard. Photo: Oxfam.

Neil Gray, the SNP’s Social Justice spokesperson and candidate for Airdrie & Shotts, said: “This C4 Dispatches programme is harrowing – and a damning indictment of the Tories’ decade in government.

“Every single MP who has backed their austerity cuts should hang their heads in shame. This must serve as a wake-up call to the next UK government.

“Poverty is not inevitable and we should never accept it. It was heartbreaking and infuriating to watch these children suffer, but we should never think solving poverty is impossible.

“As soon as Parliament reconvenes, the next UK government should take immediate action to reverse the Tories’ brutal welfare cuts including ending the benefit freeze, benefit cap, and two child limit. This should be just the first step to tackling the UK’s child poverty crisis.

“This election is set to be one of the most important elections in Scotland’s history and only a vote for the SNP is a vote to escape continued Tory austerity and deprive Boris Johnson of a majority which would lead to a shocking record 60-year high in child poverty.”

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