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UNICEF: UK Child Poverty Soaring Due to Government's Austerity Measures.

TEHRAN (FNA)- More than one in four children in the UK are now living in poverty and the number is rising sharply because of the Government's harsh austerity measures, the United Nations Children's Fund warned.

In its Children of the Recession report, published on Wednesday, the UNICEF revealed that child poverty in the UK increased by 1.6 percent to 25.6 percent following the 2008 recession, The Independent reported.

UNICEF's global report found there was an "unprecedented increase" in rates of severe material deprivation, defined by factors including whether families can afford rent, heating and food in the UK alongside Greece, Italy and Spain.

David Bull, the executive director of UNICEF UK, said the charity was calling for an immediate review of the impact austerity measures were having on children, suggesting that worse was to come.

"It's disappointing to see that 18 countries have managed to reduce levels of child poverty during that difficult economic period and the UK has seen it get worse," he said.

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Date:Oct 29, 2014
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