04 April 2011

Hammersmith Tories and their government are letting down children living in poverty

We wrote recently about the 11,000 children in Tory Hammersmith & Fulham - that's two out of five kids - who are being raised in poverty. Now the Tory-led government is pulling back from its pre-election promise to end child poverty.

Although Cameron promised, "We will make British poverty history", his government has broken its legal commitment to implement the Child Poverty Act in full and may stop measuring properly whether child poverty is being reduced. See this Guardian story here.

In the same way, Tory H&F council spouts on about "helping the most vulnerable", a group which it never defines. Yet it is cutting more than the government demands, slashing children's services and hollowing out Sure Start early years centres (see this excellent piece by local mother Ruth Walsh).

Many years ago, President Nixon's first Attorney General, John Mitchell, said, "Watch what we do, not what we say”. Good advice then and now.

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