Child Poverty is Still Rife Despite Promises

Child Poverty is Still Rife Despite Promises

The Labour Promise

In 1999, Prime Minister Tony Blair made a commitment to halve child poverty by 2010, and eliminate child poverty by 2020. After many years of being a neglected issue, child poverty was back on the political agenda. During the first decade of the millennium, Labour governments implemented a host of policies designed to tackle child poverty. From increases in existing benefits to new child-targeted assistance, investments in early years intervention to programmes to help lone parents into work, a wide range of actions increased incomes and provided tailored services to help families living in poverty.

The Conservative Manifesto 2010 Contained the promise;

In 2007, David Cameron committed his party to addressing child poverty, stating, “Ending child poverty is central to improving child well-being”. As a result of this cross-party consensus, the, “Child Poverty Act” was passed in 2010, committing both current and future governments to take action to eliminate child poverty.

“We will improve standards for all pupils and close the attainment gap between the richest and poorest. We will enhance the prestige and quality of the teaching profession, and give heads and teachers tough new powers of discipline. We will restore rigour to the curriculum and exam system and give every parent access to a good school. improving our school system is the most important thing we can do to make opportunity more equal and address our declining social mobility. but Britain is slipping down the world league tables in reading, maths and science, and violence in the classroom is a serious problem. We are falling behind other countries, and there is a growing gap between the richest and the poorest. We can’t go on like this, for the sake of the next generations.”

Poverty inquiry finds growing inequality in schools

The School-wear Association, the body representing independent retailers which claims to clothe three-quarters of Britain’s schoolchildren, suggests it costs about £80 to kit out a state secondary school pupil with one new uniform set.

A typical response;

“I don’t know which schools they have looked at but £80 didn’t even cover half of what my daughters high school specified, and it wasn’t in a wealthy area.
The blazer alone cost £39, I cant remember the cost of the rest. The blouse, and black trousers/skirt were the only items that could be generic, everything else had to be from named suppliers, including school sweatshirt, PE sweatshirt, PE T-shirt, PE tracksuit bottoms, tie, PE kit bag, even the PE socks had to be from the named supplier. Add school shoes, PE pumps, trainers for outside PE, two aprons (also specified supplier) for cookery and textiles. Contrast with when I was at school you could buy nearly ALL as generics, and even buy sew on logos for the blazers in some cases. Children may also be ashamed of not having everything they need, or bullied because of it, which will have a knock on effect on their confidence – and their education.

Families are turning to loan sharks and high credit lenders to ensure their children have suitable uniform and shoes and do not stand out as poor

Having just paid £350 for mandatory uniform and £200 for a bus pass, I can understand this. How does a low income family, struggling to pay rent, bills and food manage the cost? For an unemployed parent, it’s just not possible.

http://www.cpag.org.uk/ending-child-poverty-by-2020
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2007/feb/17/childrensservices.uknews
http://www.general-election-2010.co.uk/conservative-party-manifesto-2010-general-election/conservative-manifesto-2010-change-society-raise-standards-in-schools
http://www.childrenscommission.org.uk/

Unfair Share of the Wealth Within the UK

Unfair Share of the Wealth Within the UK

Wealth is also unevenly spread across the UK. An average household in the South East has almost twice (182.63%) the amount of wealth of an average household in Scotland.

http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/about-inequality/scale-and-trends

The Japanese tsunami and the Fukushima reactor meltdown in Japan

The Japanese tsunami and the Fukushima reactor meltdown in Japan

3 year’s ago the nuclear plant north of Tokyo went into meltdown following the tsunami Radioactive material was spread far and wide and the accident was recorded as the worst since Chernobyl.

A Radiation and Public health body, set up after the accident has reported an alarming increase in Thyroid cancer amongst children. The normal rate of occurrence is, (7 in every 300,000) children. The newly published rate in the area north of Tokyo is (100 in every 300,000) and rising. We are only addressing one type of cancer. There are many others yet to be reported on.

The foregoing takes me back to the Clyde and Trident. In the event of a nuclear accident at Faslane, (250 minor accidents have been recorded in the last 10 years) our children would be damaged forever and many would die of radiation induced cancers. Westminster has no just cause to invite that scenario upon our children. Vote, “Yes” in the referendum. Get Trident out of Faslane.

Loadsa Oil In the North Sea & Other Areas

Sir Ian Wood states, (on video) that there are at least 25 Billion Barrels of, North Sea oil recoverable and he was talking about what could be recovered from the existing discovered fields in the North Sea.

He was not addressing the potential yield from as yet undiscovered, North Sea Fields and recently confirmed large fields of sweet oil, West of Shetland and the massive potential in The Western Approaches, Clyde and Rockall Bank.

It is crucial the negative nonsense spread by the, “Blether Together” campaign is exposed for what it is. More gloom and doom

Austerity Cuts England 2010-2014 – A Warning for Scotland

Austerity Cuts England 2010-2014

A recent report highlights reductions in council grants in England over the time the Con/Lib/Dem has been in power.

A few examples;

a. The ten most deprived councils reduced by £782 each household.
b. The ten most affluent councils £48.
c. The reduction in the most affluent council in England. Hart, Hampshire £28.
d. The deduction in the most deprived council in England. Liverpool District B. £807.

Contrast the foregoing with Scotland. Rates have been frozen for 4 years thanks to a caring government. Scotland needs more of this. Vote, “Yes” in the referendum. Joanne Lamont and her ilk are determined to re-introduce;

a. Council Tax charges, (backdated for 4 years meeting the market rate).
b. Prescription charges. (Pensioners and children over 14 to be subject to means testing)
c. Bridge Tolls on the two Fourth Road bridges.
d. Bridge tolls on the Skye and Tay bridges.
e. Student Fees to be introduced. (No exemption for those unable to fund loan repayments)
f. Pensioner Cold Weather Payments to be means tested.