More than half of British children in poverty are living in cold, damp homes and a quarter said their property had damp or mould, a report commissioned by The Children's Society has found.
Through Young Eyes surveyed almost 2,000 children to examine the impact poverty has on their young lives and their expectations for the future.
Nearly half of these thought child poverty had increased over the last decade, and three quarters (76 per cent), worried about how much money their family had, while more than half (56 per cent) said their home was too cold last winter.
It is estimated that there are more than three million children living below the breadline in the UK – and this figure is predicted to rise over the next ten years.
Matthew Reed, The Children's Society chief executive, said: 'For millions of children up and down the country, poverty is a grinding reality – and it is getting worse. Many families are facing stark and unacceptable choices, like heat or eat. This is disgraceful in any country – especially in one of the world's richest.'
The report has been released to mark the launch of the first-ever Children's Commission on Poverty, which will focus on the views of children and young people aged between 12 and 19. They will also explore what can be done to improve living standards. To read more, visit www.childrenscommission.org.uk