End Child Poverty, the coalition of 12 children's charities, has published an academic report highly critical of the Government's pledge to eradicate child poverty in a generation.
The paper highlights huge inequalities to support its allegation that Labour is failing to honour the claim it made in 1999. For instance, a boy born in Manchester can expect to live seven years less than a boy born in Barnet.
Poverty and Child Health has been sent to MPs and the media, and will act as a lobbying tool in shaming the Government into carrying out its stated intentions.
End Child Poverty, whose members include Barnardo's, NSPCC and Save the Children, is commissioning academics to write six papers on various aspects of childcare in the UK in the year from April 2002. Helen Roberts, professor of child health at City University, penned the latest.
"The Government has pledged to end child poverty in a generation. The clock is ticking and lives are being lost now,
said Helen Dent, chair of End Child Poverty's policy group. "The lives of 1,400 children would be saved every year among those under 15 if child poverty were eradicated.