Half a million more children have plunged into “absolute poverty” since David Cameron became Prime Minister, figures showed.
More than four million youngsters now live below the breadline, the Department for Work and Pensions revealed.
And the number of pensioners living in poverty increased by 100,000 in a year, statistics revealed.
Families are braced for a fresh £12billion Tory raid on the welfare fund, with the fresh assault due to be unveiled in just 12 days.
But stats revealed 4.1million children are in “absolute low income” when housing costs are counted.
Kids in absolute poverty live in homes where income is less than 60% of the 2010-11 average, adjusted for inflation.
Number crunchers said 3.6million children were in absolute poverty in 2009-10, the last full year of a Labour government.
But as rent costs have soared and benefit cuts bite, the figure has climbed by 14% – and efforts to cut the number of children in relatively poverty have stalled under the Conservatives.
A total of 2.3million children – almost one in six – were in households where income is less than 60% of current average income – the same as 12 months earlier.
It means the Conservatives are set to miss a key target to abolish child poverty by 2020.