Action for Children responds to the Chancellor's Spring Statement

Posted by / Wednesday 13 March 2019 /
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“Our children will continue to pay the price.”

Action for Children’s director of policy and campaigns, Imran Hussain, said:

“Today’s Spring Statement is yet another wasted opportunity for the Government to get to grips with the very real crisis facing children’s services which play a critical role in keeping our children safe from neglect, abuse and harm. 

“Every day at Action for Children we see that children’s services can be a lifeline for families – from helping those struggling to put food on the table, helping children quietly living in fear of domestic abuse or neglect or spotting early problems with behaviour.

“While we welcome the Chancellor’s emergency package to tackle knife crime, we should also be looking to deal with the root causes. Children’s and youth services play a crucial role in stepping in early to prevent family breakdown which can eventually lead young people into problems such as gangs.

“Whether we leave or remain, the Government cannot continue to press pause on supporting the UK’s most vulnerable children and if this year’s Spending Review doesn’t give councils the funding they need to provide these vital services, our children will continue to pay the price.”

 

ENDS

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NOTES TO EDITOR

HOW ACTION FOR CHILDREN WORKS: Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, fostering and adoption, supporting disabled children, and by campaigning tirelessly to make life better for children and families. With over 550 services the charity improves the lives of more than 300,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. actionforchildren.org.uk