Last week’s controversial budget has been condemned by charities for failing to deal with the issue of child poverty.
Alison Garnham of the Child Poverty Action Group accused the government of putting “the next generation last” and ignoring the close to £4 million children who live in poverty. In a statement, the Chief Executive declared:
“…according to [Institute for Fiscal Studies] projections we face the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation. The Chancellor delivered some big investments for the better off but there was little here for hard-up parents trying to get better off by earning more.”
Matthew Reed of the Children’s Society was equally trenchant, describing the budget as “deeply disappointing”.
“If the Government wants to put the next generation first it must confront child poverty head-on. Instead it is pressing ahead with a four-year benefits freeze that will hit 7.5 million children.”
Meanwhile, the NSPCC gave a cautious welcome to the additional funding for children’s mental health services. However, it insisted that some of the new money must be used to fund therapy for children who have been abused, to help them recover from their experiences and move on with their lives.
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