Those in debt need to be prioritised

Mon, 28 Nov 2011

Families in who are struggling to make ends meet need to be prioritised in a bid to boost the economy and help the government achieve its aim of ending child poverty by 2020.

This is the suggestion of Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group - which held its first meeting on April 5th 1965 - who has written in a letter to the chancellor George Osborne ahead of his Autumn Statement that these households need to be handed a lifeline.

Ms Garnham said history has shown young people growing up in tough circumstances can have their childhoods destroyed and their life chances ruined, while this might also cost the economy billions of pounds a year through lost taxes .

She stated: "By sticking to its Family and Fairness tests and protecting the incomes of families facing hardship, the government can also protect demand in the economy."

The poorest parents in the deepest are seeing their incomes fall behind those enjoyed by others at a considerable rate, which is serving to expose them in times of wider economic trouble.
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