Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Child Poverty figures a disgrace says Ian Swales

New figures released by the Campaign to End Child Poverty show that over half the children in Redcar constituency are growing up in poverty.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Redcar, Ian Swales said "these figures are a disgrace. Nine years after Tony Blair pledged to end child poverty in a generation things seem to be going in the other direction.

Studies show that children who grow up in poverty are likely to become poor adults. Social mobility is getting worse through Labour policy decisions. For example the introduction of student tuition fees means fewer children from poorer backgrounds are now going to university.

With the poor paying more of their income in tax than the rich and the gap between poor and rich being wider than under Margaret Thatcher, Labour politicians should hang their heads in shame."

The figure for Redcar constituency is 52%.

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