Britain's poorest children are losing out emotionally because they are often socially excluded and have fewer opportunities than other children, according to a report launched by Save the Children this week.
Entitled Britain's Poorest Children, the report shows that children in severe poverty are five times more likely to be excluded from social activities such as seeing friends after school or having a hobby. They are also more likely to have strained relationships with their parents and to be bullied than other children.
Save the Children is now calling on the Government to take measures to address the social exclusion of these children. The charity also wants the Government to introduce a more flexible benefits system to protect children during times of change, and a review of the Social Fund.
"A modern flexible labour force needs a modern flexible benefits system," said report co-author Sue Middleton.