Helen Barnard, Acting Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:
“The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the depth and extent of inequalities in our society. At a time when over four million children are trapped in poverty across our country, it is a damning indictment that so little progress has been made in improving young people’s chances.
“As we chart a course through this period of considerable economic uncertainty, we have the chance to redesign the systems that are failing children and young people. Boosting targeted social security support for families with children would have an immediate and significant impact on child poverty.
“In the longer term, if the government is serious about spreading opportunity more evenly across the country through its ‘levelling up’ agenda it is also vital to invest in skills and transport, and increase the supply of decent and affordable homes.”