21 Mar 2007

Brown's Last Chance To Turn Childhood Dreams Into Reality

21 March 2007

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, comments on Gordon Brown's final budget:

"Brown’s last budget underlines the fact that the state of childhood has become the theme of our times. As a member of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, we welcome The Chancellor’s £1 billion pledge to halve child poverty by 2010 and boost investment in education. These are essential steps to ensure that every child in the UK experiences the good childhood they deserve.

However, without an understanding of the root problems money alone will not guarantee solutions. If we are to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK, Government must actively engage with children and young people in their communities via grassroots agencies. The Children’s Society’s Good Childhood Inquiry, offers a timely opportunity to work in partnership and create a new vision of childhood for the 21st Century where needs are met and dreams are realised."

Notes to Editors:

  • The Children’s Society is a member of the Campaign to End Child Poverty.
  • The Good Childhood Inquiry is a two-year national independent inquiry managed by The Children’s Society. Children and young people can have their say by visiting www.mylife.uk.com <http://www.mylife.uk.com>. The inquiry’s final report and recommendations will be published in 2008.
  • The Children's Society is a leading national charity, driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. We provide vital help and understanding for those forgotten children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage in their daily lives; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else. Our network of projects helps over 50,000 children and their families each year. Through our pioneering research and influential campaigning, we defend, safeguard and protect the childhood of all children.