22 Apr 2009

“As a member of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, The Children's Society is disappointed the government has not prioritised the urgent needs of the 3.9 million children living in poverty in the UK in the budget.   

"Putting money into the hands of parents is the key way to lift children out of poverty and the shamefully small increase in child tax credit will not be enough.  The Government is unlikely now to meet its own target to halve child poverty by 2010.   

"Without the £3billion invested in family incomes that we called for in this budget, children across the UK will continue to face the costs of social disadvantage, exclusion and poor health and nutrition.”