Please click the link below to sign a petition to Insist the Government keep its target to reduce child poverty in the UK
The Government is planning to give up on its duty to reduce child poverty, by scrapping child poverty targets. – this petition needs around 24,000 more signatures to make a target of 75,000 so please add yours by clicking the above link.
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If you live in the UK please write to your MP: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/
The news of this appalling development in the never-ending stream of social injustices inflicted on UK citizens as been around a while and somehow I missed it. It is just so difficult to keep in touch with all the detrimental changes inflicted on the most vulnerable.
This outrageous ditching of the targets to remove child poverty by 2020 is in total contradiction of promises made as recently as this year’s new year speech where among other things Cameron pledged to alleviate poverty. His audacious hypocrisy knows no bounds as it is Cameron and his government who have driven people to poverty, destitution, homelessness and the ever increasing reliance on food banks.
In his New Year speech, Cameron said that the UK is in the middle of “one of the greatest reforming decades” in its history and set out four key priorities: tackling the housing shortage, combating extremism, alleviating poverty, and improving social mobility.
“These are the big challenges of our age, some of the biggest our nation has ever faced and this year is a test of our mettle – whether we put up with poverty or put an end to it…”
“For me, there are no new year’s resolutions, just the resolve to continue delivering what we promised in our manifesto,” said the prime minister, naming the problems of low home ownership, poverty, poor social mobility and extremism as his four priorities in 2016.
Alleviating poverty must of course include child poverty. The scrapping of the 2020 target is contradictory to such promises that this liar has made throughout his term in office.
Back in October in his speech at the Tory party conference Cameron promised an ‘all-out assault on poverty’. On his first day as leader of the opposition ten years ago he made the same promise ‘the test for our policies will not be how they affect the better off, but how they help the worst-off in our country’.
This was the kind of promise that brought him to government in the first place, with his so called new brand of “compassionate Conservatism”. Again he repeated the same promise during the first cabinet meeting after the general election when he told his ministers they should aim to “give everyone” in the UK “the chance to make the most of their life”. Children trapped in poverty do not get the chance to make the most of life, no one does.
It seems that instead of making the promised changes concerning child poverty by 2020 the government have decided to scrap this target.
All kids count. But the government plans to scrap its own targets to end child poverty. Effectively, they want to give up on the 1 in 4 children growing up poor.
When kids grow up poor they miss out – and so do the rest of us. They miss out on the things most children take for granted, they do less well at school and they earn less as adults. Child poverty costs us £29 billion a year. Making sure every child gets a fair chance in life is the right thing to do and the smartest investment we can make as a country.
Take Action do not let this vile government get away with yet another grave social injustice, despite all their rhetoric to the contrary they do not give a damn about the majority of people in the UK. Cameron and his right wing government do not care about child poverty with their policies of benefit cuts that have driven 500,000 more children into “absolute poverty” since 2010 with more than four million children now living below the breadline
500,000 more children in ‘absolute poverty’ since David Cameron became PM as Tories sharpen axe on welfare
Please do not forget to sign the petition:
Insist the Government keep its target to reduce child poverty in the UK
Now you see it… Now you don’t. The government’s rustled up a party trick for the kids this Christmas. They’re going to make 3.7 million of them disappear.
Britain’s children aren’t going anywhere, of course, particularly those who are growing up poor. But with a legislative sleight of hand, the government plans to quietly give up on the targets to end child poverty enshrined (with cross-party support) in the Child Poverty Act 2010.
When David Cameron became Tory leader, he wanted to end child poverty. Now he just wants to stop measuring it
In his 2006 Scarman Lecture, delivered as part of this attempt to ‘detoxify’ the Tory Party David Cameron said: “I want this message to go out loud and clear: the Conservative Party recognises, will measure and will act on relative poverty.” But following the 2015 General Election his Government has scrapped Labour’s target for tackling relative child poverty with Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith dismissing it as a flawed measure.