SIR - When Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, recently produced a 24-page report branding child poverty in the UK not just a disgrace but a social calamity and economic disaster, stating that poverty here is a "political choice" where compassion and concern has been "outsourced" in favour of tax cuts for the rich, our Government's response was that it "completely disagreed" with his analysis.

But, when thinking of the food banks, zero hours contracts and low incomes some have, alongside the very well-off who have got even wealthier, which answer is more credible?

David Hornsby, West View Avenue, Wrose