Tackle child poverty – give everyone fair start
Your first person Column by Rory Palmer and article on child poverty (both January 25) made stark and sad reading.
It cannot be right, in 2013, that over a third of the city's children are growing up in poverty.
At the same time, from April, millionaires will get a tax break putting more than £100,000 in their pockets. I think this is obscene – some would say criminal.
It will only get worse as the Government's cuts and freezing of child and family benefits kicks in.
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Our children are paying a terrible price in the name of "austerity", largely because of the greed of the bankers and financiers which caused the world economic meltdown of 2008.
At that time the Labour Government had to pay tens of billions of pounds to bail out the banks.
Had they not done this, all of our savings would have gone down the tubes and the whole economy would have collapsed.
So we have a deficit which has to be dealt with. Nobody doubts this.
If we are "all in it together", as Mr Cameron tells us, we must work together, share the burden and protect the most vulnerable in our community.
Our pensioners, people on low incomes and especially our children should not be bearing a disproportionate burden.
In his article, Mr Palmer, as deputy mayor, rightly focuses on the City which is his responsibility.
But the problem of rapidly increasing child poverty is a national one.
I live and work in Thurmaston which adjoins the city. Some of our children are suffering, too, although, understandably, many good parents are too proud to admit how bad the situation is.
They face both rising prices and cuts. Some of them are paying £20 a week to bus their children to school and have a school dinner.
Other parents of very young children want to go back to work but just cannot afford the nursery fees.
I'm lucky enough to have a decent job but, as a single parent, £200 a week nursery fees takes a big chunk out of my wages.
Of course, as the deputy mayor points out, child poverty is not just a problem of here and now – it has terrible long-term consequences.
In later life these children will be more likely to suffer ruinous health problems.
A poorly-nourished child cannot flourish at school and this will diminish employment prospects.
What sort of society do we want? One in which fat cats get fatter or one in which everyone has a fair start and good prospects?
I think the latter and we must end the cruelty of child poverty now.
Kate Knaggs, Thurmaston parish councillor.