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Charity Save the Children warns of record child poverty by 2020

A record five million children could be living in poverty in the UK by 2020, according to a charity.

Save the Children estimates the number of children in poverty could have increased then by 1.4 million.

The charity said families had been hit by a "triple-whammy" of flat wages, cuts to benefits and a rise in the cost of living.

A spokesman said the government is committed to ending child poverty by tackling its root causes.

But a commitment to end child poverty by 2020 is "increasingly window dressing", Save the Children added, with no viable strategy being suggested.

A household is considered in poverty by the charity if its income is less than 60% of the median average after household costs.

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