Urgent plea to government: ‘Put children and young people at the heart of spending’
Friday, October 26, 2018
‘Children have been ignored for too long’ says coalition of charities, which is urging the public to sign a petition to provide more funding for children’s services in the autumn budget.
With the Chancellor delivering his 2018 Budget next Monday (29 October) and a spending review planned for next year, The #ChildrenAtTheHeart campaign, which is backed by more than 120 children’s charities, is urging the public to get on board with pressuring the government to put children at the heart of its spending.
Supporters, which include teaching unions, children's charities, disability organisations, physical and mental health organisations and poverty campaigners, have written an open letter to Downing Street, accusing the government of ‘ignoring children’.
The letter said: ‘We are writing to you because there is compelling evidence that the services and support that children and young people rely on are at breaking point. We believe this is because children and young people are being ignored in the government’s spending plans.’
The response on social media has been huge with one parent echoing the sentiments of many, on Twitter: ‘I’ve seen first-hand how children and young people are affected by inadequate funding of vital services and support. I am not alone.'
‘At breaking point’
Challenges outlined in the letter include:
- Up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry during school holidays (report from All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger).
- The number of children with special educational needs who are awaiting provision has more than doubled since 2010 (Department for Education figures).
- Almost three-quarters of school leaders expect they will be unable to balance their budgets in the next financial year (NAHT survey).
- 90 children are being taken into care every day – a record high (DfE figures on looked-after children).
The #ChildrenAtTheHeart campaign has won the backing of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children. Read their separate letter of support here.
You can show your support by signing the petition to the Government and using #ChildrenAtTheHeart on social media.