Please take time to read Action for Children’s newly released report Childhood during coronavirus:
Protecting Children from the effects of poverty: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-research/support-for-children-and-families/childhood-during-coronavirus-policy-report/
Coronavirus has been catastrophic for many vulnerable families in the UK. Action For Children’s frontline staff have been a vital lifeline and have already supported over 10,000 children and young people effected by the pandemic. But with a deep recession on the horizon, we know more has to be done, right now, to support children and families in crisis.
This report presents alarming findings from an analysis of applications submitted to the Emergency Fund and a survey of the frontline staff which shows that many families have struggled to feed their children, educate them, and keep them in good physical and mental health, during the pandemic.
Action For Children are calling for the Government to increase financial support for families, through the social security system. In particular, they want the Chancellor to announce in the Autumn Budget that Universal Credit will not be cut by £20 a week from April 2021. They are also asking the Government to develop and implement a UK child poverty strategy, to set ambitious targets for its reduction and eradication.
You can support the End Childhood Crisis campaign by signing this petition: https://e-activist.com/page/66780/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=community