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The Government was today condemned for its “economically sadistic” policies which wreak misery on the most vulnerable sectors of society and drive millions into poverty.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union said it was a “disgrace” that in the fifth largest economy in the world children and young people were the victims of “callous fiscal and social policies” which the country had endured since 2010.

Ms Keates was speaking at the TUC Congress in Brighton on behalf of an NASUWT motion highlighting the devastating impact poverty has on the life chances of children and young people.

The Union’s motion at the TUC Congress in Brighton condemned the government’s record on child poverty as “shameful” and highlighted the way some schools were adding to the problem.

The government was failing to prevent some schools from stockpiling unspent reserves while cutting curriculum provision and axing teaching jobs, it added.

Delegates were also told how those children and young people growing up in poverty are less able to concentrate in lessons, more likely to be absent from school and less able to forge relationships with peers.
 
Ms Keates said: “Generations of children are being betrayed. Poverty is not a lifestyle choice. Poverty is not something people impose on themselves. We know where the responsibility lies.

“It lies with a government which has obsessively pursued austerity, regardless of the misery it has wreaked on the most vulnerable in our society.
 
“We cannot allow the Government to continue these economically sadistic policies which are driving families into poverty, poisoning the optimism of our young people and derailing and degrading the life chances of children.”

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