The Conservative Government of Theresa May has been caught out siphoning off money from the national education pot and sending it to Tory constituencies – when 9 out of 30 children in UK classrooms are in poverty. This follows the same model for Healthcare – where the NHS in the rest of the nation faces cuts, councils running the services in Tory Constituencies have offered ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ on funding, most notably in Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt & Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s constituencies.
“THE INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES CONFIRMS THAT AS A RESULT OF HER NEW NATIONAL FORMULA, FUNDING IS BEING DIVERTED FROM SCHOOLS WITH VERY HIGH LEVELS OF DEPRIVATION. EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL IN MY CONSTITUENCY WILL LOSE AN AVERAGE OF £584 PER PUPIL.” LILIAN GREENWOOD
Theresa May can find £320 million for Grammar Schools because she is taking funding from non Tory areas. The British taxpayer is being robbed, and their children are paying the price for the larceny. We’ve stopped the “Education, Education, Education” – now we have desperation, no ambition & degradation.
Child poverty reduced dramatically between 1998/9-2011/12 when 800,000 children were lifted out of poverty. Since 2010, child poverty figures have flat-lined. The number of children in absolute poverty has increased by 500,000 since 2010. As a direct result of tax and benefit decisions made since 2010, the Institute for Fiscal Studies project that the number of children in relative poverty has risen from 2.3 to 3.6 million today (poverty figures before housing costs).
Banker bonuses since 2010 have totalled over £5 billion. There were 3.6 million children living in relative poverty in the UK in 2016. That’s 28 per cent of children, or 9 in a classroom of 30. The number of individuals in absolute poverty after housing costs has risen to 5.6 million since 2010. The number of children in absolute poverty has increased by 500,000 since 2010.
Child poverty imposes costs on broader society – estimated to be at least £29 billion a year. Governments forgo prospective revenues as well as commit themselves to providing services in the future if they fail to address child poverty in the here and now. Childcare and housing are two of the costs that take the biggest toll on families’ budgets. When you account for childcare costs, an extra 130,000 children are pushed into poverty.
Benefit Fraud has been hyped up to justify slashing the welfare budget – the main victims of this have been the disabled, the elderly, the homeless & children. Benefit Fraud accounts for just 0.7 per cent of welfare spending.
Child poverty imposes costs on broader society – estimated to be at least £29 billion a year. Governments forgo prospective revenues as well as commit themselves to providing services in the future if they fail to address child poverty in the here and now. Over 746,000 Adults and more than 436,000 children relied on emergency parcels last year. In the 6th richest country on earth, that’s not good enough.
“POVERTY IS THE PARENT OF REVOLUTION AND CRIME.” – ARISTOTLE