Eight-year-olds shouldn’t have worries. Little ones, maybe: whether they’ll remember all their lines for the school play, what will happen in the next chapter of Harry Potter. But Courtney, in Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids (Channel 4), had many things to worry about. Universal Credit payments. Empty cupboards. Shaking out the pennies in a piggy bank to see if it held enough for a night’s heating.
More than four million children in the UK are living in poverty, we were told. This heartbreaking edition of Dispatches from Bafta-winning director Jezza Neumann – returning to similar territory as his 2014 film of the same name – let them speak for themselves about what their lives are like….