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Poverty causing 'misery' in UK, and ministers are in denial, says UN official

Poverty causing 'misery' in UK, and ministers are in denial, says UN official

Ministers are in a "state of denial" about poverty, a UN expert has said following a 12-day tour of the UK.

Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty, said despite being in the one of the world's richest countries he had encountered "misery".

Levels of child poverty are "staggering" and 1.5 million people were destitute at some point in 2017, the Australian said.