Poverty is the worst form of violence.
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Yet again Cameron and his government are taking money from the poorest in our society. Yet again he and his cronies are implementing austerity measures on the poor and most vulnerable who, as is the case of most of us, had nothing to do with the so-called financial crisis which is in my opinion merely a ploy to dismantle piece by piece our welfare state and enslave people to poverty and low wages.
There are so many people in poverty now. Cutting Child tax credits will make this worse, what are people supposed to live on, how are they to feed their families? You cannot just remove a vital income with nothing to replace it. Wages need to considerably rise first. This is unjust and not worthy of any modern society. While in the UK the rich have got considerably richer the poor get poorer and poorer, it is shameful.
Child tax credits are essential support for families who aren’t getting paid enough to live on. They help to pay the rent, provide food and clothing such as school uniforms, a requirement of most schools.
No one in this rich country of ours should be receiving wages so low that they cannot afford to live. Things need to change, we must demand better for ourselves our children and future generations.
But until something is done about wages, for many families tax Child Tax Credits mean the difference between eating and going hungry, having a warm home or shivering in the cold, having a roof over your head or being homeless. Poverty can effect a child’s health and even educational prospects and as a consequence their entire future.
Please read the following from a 38 degrees campaign information and sign the petition if you have not already done so and write to your MP ( contact details further down) .
“Stop David Cameron taking money away from some of the poorest children in the country. Please will you add your name to the petition against his cuts to child tax credit?Here’s why some other 38 Degrees members have signed the petition:
- “My dad died when I was five years old. My brother and I saw my mum struggle. I am now 61 years old. Please don’t turn back the clock” – Janet
- “When I was a single parent, child tax credits were the difference between feeding my family and going hungry” – Linzi
- “It doesn’t feel like you can say the country is doing well and growing in prosperity if hard-working people are struggling to afford to eat” – Lee
- “The government needs to look at putting wages up before they start cutting this support” – Judi
- “I work full time to support my two children on my own. If we lose child tax credits, we’ll struggle even more than we already are” – Tracey
The Budget is only a couple of weeks away, and the government is still arguing about what to announce. Let’s make sure these cuts are off the table.”
The loss of child tax credits will make this already dire and unjust situation much much worse.
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Petitions and letter writing do make a difference, they ‘re a way of expressing your outrage and showing the government that their vile policies are not acceptable to those of us who want a just and fair world for everyone.