A report by UNICEF has said that UK is slow in handling inequalities between rich and poor children as compared to other rich countries.
The United Nations body whose task is to ensure the wellbeing and rights of children are taken care of said that there are gabs when it comes to health, education and income.
It said that due to no progress, attempts to reduce child poverty will be hard to realize in the coming years.
The government said there were 300,000 fewer children in poverty since 2010.
The recent years have seen a narrowing in the gap between the poor and the rich, an incident that can be attributed to the fact that the poorest families’ income has been reducing more slowly than that of the average household.
But UNICEF added that were it not for benefits, the income gap in Britain would be among the greatest in Europe.
One area that has raised concerns in the UK is the fact that the wealthy and poor children differ in performance in maths, science and reading.
Overall, British pupils were ranked 25th out of 37 countries, behind their counterparts in Slovenia, Poland and Romania.
Another integral matter is the disparity in healthy behaviors, particularly consumption of vegetables and fruits, among children coming from different backgrounds.
The UK took a bottom position when it comes to healthy eating between the poorer children and the well-off. It also performed poorly on physical activity.
Unicef UK’s deputy executive director, Lily Caprani, said: “Britain can and must do better. Inequality between children is damaging their lives and aspirations.
“Taking children’s rights seriously means acting with urgency to make sure no child is left behind.
“The UK government should adopt, as a matter of urgency, a childhood obesity strategy that promotes and supports healthy lifestyles for low-income children.
“It must also act to further reduce income inequality, which includes protecting social transfers [benefits].”