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Responding to today's IFS report on tax and benefit changes over this parliament, Chief Executive of 4Children, Anne Longfield OBE said:
"With wages stagnating and benefit changes having this effect, particularly on low income households, we know that many families are finding the cost of childcare overwhelming - leading them to consider giving up work as a result. Others are resorting to borrowing to cover the costs of essentials and entering into a cycle of debt from which it is difficult to escape.
"Families are our greatest asset and we need to help them flourish. Sure Start Children's Centres should be at the centre of any government's approach to bringing together childcare and other services which help support families in their daily lives.
"As the General Election campaign gets underway, all political parties must ensure that help for families is at the top of their agenda - for their sake and for the wider economy too."
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For further information or to request an interview, please contact:
Ellie Gellard, Head of Communications, 4Children on 020 7522 6919 or 07969 437 066
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. www.4Children.org.uk.