Friday, 8 February 2013

Coalition Poverty

"1.2 million. That’s the estimated number of children living in poverty in England today, who are missing out on free school meals. We could have a chance to fix this injustice - and make sure these little ones, the very poorest and most vulnerable in our society, get at least one decent meal a day.

The introduction of the new benefits system - universal credit - means the government could easily decide to extend free school dinners to all children living in poverty. At least that would mean that children in families that need help getting by could count on getting one proper meal every school day.

David Cameron could make this happen with the stroke of a pen. But as it stands, he’s not feeling enough pressure to do what’s right -- it’s not in the headlines and not in his in-tray. Let’s change that, and make enough noise to ensure that all children in poverty get free school dinners."

Next Tuesday, 12th February, 38 Degrees and The Children’s Society are teaming up to hand-deliver this petition to David Cameron at 10 Downing Street. Click here to add your name:


Anonymous said...


You are saying that 11% of British children live in poverty - lol.

Adrian Windisch said...

I dont think child poverty is amusing, if you do I can see why you wish to remain anon.

The quote is from one campaign, another is below. I expect the exact number changes depending on definition and what years statistics are used. But both numbers are scary.

"There are 3.6 million children living in poverty in the UK today. That’s 27 per cent of children, or more than one in four."