A HOUSING block in south London has been accused of separating children depending on how much money their families have.
The Baylis Old School complex allowed children living in privately-owned properties to go into a play area, but blocked it off from those living in social housing – even though it was meant to be communal (for everyone).
Social housing is often much cheaper to rent than normal housing. It’s provided for families and people on low incomes or with particular needs.
The first plans for the block by Henley Homes showed that there should be gates allowing all of the children living there to play in the communal areas. Instead, a wall was built in the way.
Following a lot of upset, Lambeth Council has taken the wall down. However, it’s been discovered since then that there are more play areas in London that don’t let children in based on the wealth of their families.
The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, said: “Children should be able to grow up knowing that they are a valued part of their community, not a marginalised outsider just because they’re from a less well-off background.”
New figures out this week show that there is an increase in child poverty across the UK. Action for Children says the Government needs to do more to help. The charity added that it is helping thousands of struggling families to provide meals.