Julia Hartley-Brewer has suggested child poverty shows a failure in parenting rather than in Government and benefits.
Headteachers have warned that some children are malnourished and have dirty clothes due to poverty. The Government has said it has put measures in place to tackle the issue.
Julia said: "There are millions of people living...on very low incomes and we haven't got millions of children going hungry without proper shoes or uniform and the like, does it not suggest this is more a failure of parenting?
"If you’ve got two families both on the same low income...if one family has managed to send their child to school with a bowl of cereal or piece of toast in them and in clean laundered clothes and the other family isn’t, it can’t be about the money can it?
Author and former teacher Francis Gilbert responded: "We do know if you cut benefits you do create these sorts of issues as a whole in society."
Julia hit back "but how can it be about the money? If one family manages on the income and the other family doesn’t, does that not tell you that there’s something else going on?"
Gilbert responded "obviously there’s complex issues going on" and "I think it is about money, I think if you cut benefits you create poverty don’t you, you create child poverty."
Julia said: "I don’t think that follows at all. Cutting benefits has seen an increase in the number of people working."
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