22 Nov 2019

The Children’s Society responds to the Labour Party’s election manifesto 

Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research at The Children’s Society, said:

“We are very pleased to see that the Labour Party have announced significant investment for children’s mental health support. The Children’s Society has long been campaigning for open access hubs in communities and counselling in every school so that children and young people can get easy access and to help when they need it.

“To protect children’s future it’s vital that we better understand the issues that affect their well-being. We warmly welcome the party’s planned Future Generations Well-being Act but this must include the introduction of a national well-being measurement for children, so that we can be sure government policy is improving children’s lives.

“We are encouraged to see the manifesto address support for children in the care system, including the commitment to regulate semi-independent accommodation. Action on this type of accommodation for some of the most vulnerable children is long overdue and would need to be introduced alongside a commitment to reduce the numbers of children placed outside of their home area, as together these put children at increased risk of exploitation and going missing from care.

“Change is needed to ensure the Social Security system works for all families, including some of the most vulnerable, so we are pleased to see proposals to increase support – particularly for families with disabled children, for disabled single parents with young carers, and for low income families renting privately.  However, we also need to improve provision of emergency financial support for those who need it, and would call on all parties to commit to ring-fenced funding for crisis support provided by local councils.

“No parent should have to cut back on food or heating or get into debt to pay for new school uniforms.  We have long been calling on the government to make it a legal requirement for schools to hold value for money the top consideration when sourcing school uniforms, so this is great to see in today’s manifesto.” 

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