12 Mar 2008

The Children's Society Comments on the 2008 Budget

12 March 2008

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, comments on Alistair Darling's first Budget:

"This Budget offers vital support to families on the lowest incomes, promising nearly £1 billion to help them to get out of the poverty trap and give their children the best possible childhoods. As a founding member of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, The Children’s Society applauds this Government for its continuing commitment to lift all children out of poverty. It will not be cheap, and it will not be easy, but the benefits it will bring to the 3.8 million children living in poverty today are priceless. 

There is still a long way to go before we can ensure that no child has to experience the disadvantage and limitations that poverty brings, and we look forward to working with the Government at every step.”

Notes to Editors:

  • The Children’s Society is a member of the Campaign to End Child Poverty.
  • The Children's Society is driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. It provides vital help and understanding for those forgotten children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else.
  • The Children’s Society is managing the Good Childhood Inquiry, a two-year national independent inquiry examining the state of childhood today. The inquiry’s final report and recommendations will be published in early 2009.