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Commenting upon Government proposals to change the definition of child poverty, Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said:
Whilst many parents are struggling to afford even a decent pair of shoes for their children, ongoing disagreements between ministers and practitioners will do little to make any real difference to the lives of those living in poverty.
The Government is right to discuss how we can approach the wider causes of poverty and how these can be addressed. However, widening the national measures of child poverty must not distract from the pressing need to ensure that the targets set for 2020 are met.
Recent figures from HBAI have already cast doubts upon whether these targets will be met. So despite the best intentions of Ministers like Iain Duncan Smith, it is clear that Governments must substantially up their performance and take a more proactive and holistic approach to ensure that families are given the basic support they need in order to survive and flourish."
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4Children is the national charity all about children and families. We have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities. We run Sure Start Children’s Centres as well as family and youth services across Britain.
We develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families. As the Government’s strategic partner for early years and childcare we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences. Our national campaigns, like Give Me Strength, change policy and practice and put the needs of children and families on the political and policy agenda.
For more information visit www.4children.org.uk