Banner Image:   National-News-banner-Purple
Template Mode:   Baptist Times
    Post     Tweet

'Their childhoods and life chances depend on it' 

Children's charity Action for Children is encouraging people to sign a letter asking the UK Government to take urgent, targeted action to help the poorest families during the cost of living crisis. 

Action for ChildrenFrontline staff at the charity have reported that child poverty levels are at 'the worst they can remember'.

As a result, the charity has written an open letter calling for more support. 

'Following cuts to Universal Credit, soaring energy bills and prices rising at their fastest rate in 30 years, low-income families are enduring a miserable time,' it states.

'Our frontline staff have told us that child poverty levels are at the worst they can remember, leading to increased risks of physical and mental health problems in children and long-term harm to their development and life chances.

'Before this crisis becomes a catastrophe, ministers need to take urgent targeted action for these families.

'Join us, add your name to our letter.'

The letter calls on the government to urgently support low-income families by:

  • Restoring benefits to a decent level. If the cost of living goes up, benefits should reflect this.
  • Increasing the child element of Universal Credit to help lift children out of poverty.
  • Delivering a serious and cross-government strategy to tackle child poverty and making it a key part of the government’s plans for levelling up.

'Lifting children – and their families – out of poverty is the best way to protect families and the taxpayer from the high costs of poverty,' the letter continues.

'Nobody needs levelling up to work more than the children across the UK with whom Action for Children works. Their childhoods and life chances depend on it. We urge you to make the right decision.

'Thank you.'

The letter can be found here.

Action for Children protects and supports children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, and ensuring their voices are heard

It has a close partnership with the Methodist Church, and give reports to The Methodist Conference

Baptist Times, 24/06/2022
    Post     Tweet
Support Services Team Leader Richard Wilson is to leave his role in early 2023 to become the Director for Property, Finance and IT at London City Mission (LCM)
Wale Hudson-Roberts introduces the official launch event of the Racial Justice Advocacy Forum on 15 February
Major new survey reveals 40 per cent of UK churches have reduced engagement with families post-lockdown – and explores how they can adapt their ministry
At least 240 Baptist churches have registered their buildings as warm spaces this winter.
Hubs enable smaller Baptist churches to meet for training, resourcing and general encouragement. Two have already taken place, with more planned. Hilary Taylor explains more
A report from the National New Housing Summit, which saw around 100 leaders gather at Regents Hall in London to explore reaching every new housing area with God’s love, and hear stories of where this is happening
     Latest News 
    Posted: 11/11/2022
    Posted: 24/10/2022
    Posted: 13/07/2022
    Posted: 22/06/2022