Families in crisis must be helped
CURRENTLY, 3.7 million children live in poverty in the UK and the number looks set to rise steeply again.
Barnardo’s works with the families who struggle daily at the coal face of the UK’s stubborn poverty problem.
Worryingly, the Conservatives have committed to cutting £12bn of the welfare bill. It’s unclear exactly where the money will come from, but they have already pledged to restrict housing and out-of-work benefits for young people.
There are some crucial steps the new Government can take to improve the poorest children’s life chances.
Firstly, they should guarantee that welfare cuts will not fall on the most vulnerable – starting with a complete review of the financially punishing sanctions system.
The main political parties have a legal duty to eradicate child poverty by 2020.
It is imperative that the UK looks after families who fall into crisis, by maintaining a benefits system that will nurture the children most in need of it.