Action for Children at Party Conferences 2015

Posted by / Friday 06 November 2015 /

Our political party conference journey this year started beside the seaside on Brighton Pier amongst new Labour Party members and last week, we wrapped up the conference season at the other end of the country in Manchester with the Conservative Party.

 

With many policies and political ideas affect the children, families and young people we work with every day, we found lots of interest in our work at fringe events, receptions and in our conversations with MPs:

  • The Labour Party wanted to revive their legacy of tackling child poverty: they disagree with the Government about changes to the welfare state, including the benefits cap and child tax credits.

  • Back in Westminster, we’re working on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, proposing changes to the way child poverty is measured and reported on. We think that educational attainment should be measured before age 16 and tracking household incomes is a critical part of tracking poverty.

  • The Conservatives believe that to tackle poverty we must improve social mobility and create opportunities for families to succeed, particularly through work with events such as ‘Skills to pay the bills’ to prepare young people for the workplace.

We know from speaking to young people that those facing additional challenges need greater support to build life skills, giving them the confidence to find and keep a job. As part of our campaigning for better support to help young people make good financial decisions,  we’re asking Treasury Minister, Harriet Baldwin, to become their Government champion and ensure new policies like the ‘Youth Obligation’ reflect this need for support. 

It’s been a busy few weeks engaging MPs and holding events with local government leaders, but it’s been worth it; the hard work doesn’t stop here.

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