This is a vital moment for children in poverty. Without your support now, one of the boldest political promises, affecting the lives of millions of children will not be met.

In 1999 the Government promised to halve child poverty by 2010 and eradicate it by 2020. This was a historic pledge, aimed at tackling the UK’s appalling record on child poverty where despite being the fifth richest country in the world 3.9m children, that’s 1-in-3, live in poverty - one of the worst rates in Europe.

Initially there was good progress and 600,000 children were lifted out of poverty. However, in recent years these efforts have stalled. Now, without a £3bn investment in tax credits and benefits the target of halving child poverty by 2010 is in tremendous risk.

That’s why over 120 organisations, including children’s charities, trade unions, and faith groups, have come together as the ‘Keep the Promise’ campaign to ask you to attend the largest ever event to end child poverty in Trafalgar Square on the 4th October.

The organisations backing Keep the Promise know the daily, grinding, struggle that many families face trying to bring up their children. Children from poor homes aren’t able to participate fully at school, and take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.

The consequences of childhood poverty aren’t something you grow out of. Children from poor backgrounds are more likely to have health problems throughout their adult life. You are 50% more likely to report having a limiting illness if you are from a deprived background. Without qualifications children can struggle to get quality jobs making them more likely to face poverty throughout their lives.

We know the damaging impact that poverty has on children’s education, health and opportunities in life. We have the opportunity to end Britain’s child poverty shame, but it means making the Government keep poor children a top priority.

This is a once in a generation chance to make a positive change to the lives of millions of children. It’s vital that you bring your friends, colleagues, and children along on the 4th October to demand that the Government’s promise is kept and that we end child poverty. The event will begin at 1pm with a short march from Millbank to Trafalgar Square where there will be children’s activities, family fun, film and speeches. This will be followed by a mass moment where everyone will be asked to make as much noise as possible so that everyone present can show their support.

Gemma Tumelty
London Child Poverty Campaigner
& Member of Compass Youth Organising Committee

Details of the campaign and of the rally on the 4th October can be found here


Anonymous said...

We'll be in Trafalgar Square, make some noise!!