Where are the children?

Posted 20 March 2013, 0 comments

In today's budget announcement, the chancellor spoke for 56 minutes. How many times did he mention children?

many differently sized words featured in the chancellor's budget

How big a priority are children according to the chancellor's budget statement today?

We’ve created a word cloud showing the 300 most used words used in George Osborne's statement. Can you spot the words 'children' or 'childcare' in it? 

Give yourself a fair chance - visit our Facebook page for a bigger version of the word cloud.

word cloud featuring many words from the budget announcement including a very small mention of 'children'


Overlooking children

The word 'children' was used just three times in the chancellor’s entire speech this afternoon. In comparison, the chancellor mentioned 'tax' 51 times and 'business' 13 times.

We think children were largely absent from today’s budget. It gives little hope to struggling families already hit by sweeping cuts.


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Daniel Pattison From the Digital team

Subjects: Child poverty, Data blog, Family income


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