Last week I received a number of e-mails drawing my attention to a report by the Children’s Society about childhood poverty broken down constituency by constituency.
The figures for Wavertree were truly shocking.
- There are 18,683 children in Wavertree constituency
- 33.0% of children in Wavertree constituency live in poverty (after housing costs), compared to a national average of 30%.
- There are 3,300 children living in 1,900 families with problem debt in Liverpool Wavertree.
- 1 in 10 young people aged between 5 and 16 had a clinically diagnosed mental health problem
The sad fact is that these figures will get worse. The highly respected Institute for Fiscal Studies has reviewed the proposals of the 3 main Parties and come to the conclusion that the Lib Dem manifesto is the one that will do most to reduce the gap between rich and poor. The main treason for that is that the Tories have agreed £7 billion of cuts to benefits to be achieved by 2020. Shamefully the Labour Party have refused to reinstate them. Only the Liberal Democrats have a fully costed plan to replace that desperately needed cash.
We will also put an extra £1 billion into children’s mental health services as part of the £6.1 billion for the NHS. If all children cannot be given the support they need at home they need to get help elsewhere. Too many children live transient lives in poor accommodation and without enough to eat.
On top of all that, it is now abundantly clear that this country will get poorer and that there will be less money for those in need of all sorts. The hard BREXIT being pursued by Corbyn and May will reduce the tax take, reduce employment, minimise wage growth and reduce the ability to progress up an employment ladder.
Eradicating poverty, especially for Children, is a major concern for us. Our Country will only be a truly great country of we maximise the potential of every person in it.
This article is extracted from a blog by Cllr Richard Kemp which can be found at www.richardkemp.wordpress.com