10 Sep 2013

Commenting on the British Social Attitudes report, Lily Caprani, Director of Communications, Campaigns and Policy at The Children’s Society, said:

'It is encouraging to see from the British Social Attitudes report, that attitudes are becoming more sympathetic. We all see the impact that economic hardship is having on ordinary families’ ability to provide the basics, such as putting food on the table or buying their children new uniforms. 

'Too often, attitudes are affected by myths and stereotypes that are polarising the current debate. We all need to challenge these, and give a voice to the millions of people who are supported by benefits, so that the debate can focus on how we make sure that all children get the support they need for the best start in life.

'We know from our work up and down the country how critical benefits are to making it possible for millions of families, both in and out of work, to make ends meet.'

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The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.