New projections have claimed the number of children in the UK living in poverty could reach a record high of five million by 2020.
The report, "A Fair Start for Every Child", points out childcare costs have soared, with nursery places for children under two years old increasing by 77% between 2003 and 2013.
Save the Children’s prediction is based on work carried out by research firm Landman Economics, which added the social security cuts outlined by the main political parties to estimates by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Justin Forsyth, Save the Children’s CEO, said: “Millions of children in the UK are being left behind – sentenced to a lifetime of poverty."
A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions responded to the report by claiming the government was committed to ending child poverty by tackling its root causes.