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A senior Church of Scotland minister has questioned the seriousness of the coalition government over challenging child poverty.
The Child Poverty Action Group has written to UK ministers accusing them of acting unlawfully by failing to fully implement the Child Poverty Act.
Parents and carers across the country are outraged by government-forced cuts in 'early intervention' services and Sure Start, says Simon Barrow. Rhetoric on family support is not being matched by funding decisions.
A Scottish Government discussion paper on child poverty fails to come up with ideas to tackle the problem, claims a senior Church of Scotland Minister.
Between now and 2013-14 average incomes are forecast to stagnate and both absolute and relative poverty among children and working-age adults are expected to rise.
A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that children living in poverty in working households in the UK have increased to 2.1 million – the highest on record.
The campaigning Child Poverty Action Group has declared the government's spending review "worryingly short-sighted and profoundly unfair."
The government's new £7 billion 'fairness premium' funding package for poor families will not adequately protect them from the cuts, says Church Action on Poverty.
Universal child benefit should be abolished and tax credits used to bolster the income solely of poor families, says the head of Barnardo's children's charity.
The Joseph Rowntree Trust has launched a website to inform the debate on public spending and highlighting the need to protect the most vulnerable.