A Dispatches investigation into child poverty is set to air this evening, with a trailer quickly going viral on social media.
The Channel 4 production, dubbed ‘Growing up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids’, takes a deep dive into the poverty crisis currently gripping Britain, putting the spotlight on the children affected by it.
Almost 1 in 3 children in the UK are now growing up poor, with hundreds of thousands now forced to rely on food banks to get by.
“We try not to eat a lot in one day”
The Dispatches trailer profiles a boy called Cameron who, alongside his two sisters, has been caught up in the crisis currently gripping the nation.
“We try not to eat a lot in one day.
“Even though most of us are really hungry.
“We have to be careful with our food.”
"We try not to eat a lot in one day, even though most of us are really hungry."— Channel 4 Dispatches (@C4Dispatches) December 1, 2019
Almost 1 in 3 children in the UK are now growing up poor, like Cameron and his two sisters whose family rely on a food bank to help fill the fridge. pic.twitter.com/6YPUWKdX0e
The video has been viewed millions of times after been posted this weekend, but it has attracted to wayward comments.
One person suggested “using a log burner instead of central heating” to keep the bills down, adding that they might consider an Aga stove, “which is a godsend on winter evenings like these”.
why don’t poor people simply get an Aga https://t.co/PGng38t9qu— Tilly Grove (@femmenistfatale) December 1, 2019
“We must get better at handling money”
The preview also coincides with comments by Conservative MP Guy Opperman, who said food bank users “must get better at handling money” at a hustings.
Asked how people who were forced to rely on food aid could would be helped under a Tory government, he said:
“You will not improve the long term capability of handling finances, without better financial education from primary school upwards.
“We introduced financial education and capability in secondary school, but we must get better at handling money.”