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  • New report highlights devastating cost-of-living impacts on families that access Barnardo's services

    Created: 13/04/2023

    Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity, is deeply concerned about the impact of poverty on the children it supports. The charity has recently published a new report - A Crisis On Our Doorstep - which reveals how the cost-of-living crisis has affected some of the children, families and young people using Barnardo’s services across the UK during winter 2022/23.  

    Specifically, the report shows that:

    • more than one in seven parents (16%) say their child or children have had to share a bed with them, their partner or a sibling, because they cannot afford another bed. 1 in 14 parents (7%) say this is happening right now;
    • almost one-third of parents (30%) worry about losing their home or being made homeless;
    • almost a quarter of parents (23%) have struggled to provide sufficient food for their child due to the cost of living, up 3% from October 2022 (20%); and
    • half of parents (49%) worry about their child or children missing out on experiencing a normal childhood due to cost of living cutbacks.

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