BIRMINGHAM COUNCIL BURIES ITS HEAD OVER CHILD POVERTY
The campaign group END CHILD POVERTY are holding a massive demonstration in London. On Saturday 4th October 2008 thousands of young people, families and supporters of the campaign from cross the country will be coming together in London’s Trafalgar Square to demand the government keep their promise to end child poverty. But while people from more than 120 organisations including childrens charities, child welfare organisations, social justice groups, faith groups, trades unions and others concerned about the unacceptably high levels of child poverty in the UK march in London, Birmingham council has its head firmly stuck in the sand. The campaign states that the Government has recognised the contribution that tackling bad housing can make on the lives of millions of children in the UK and have taken welcome steps to address this. In July 2007 the Government pledged to deliver 3 million new homes by 2020 and approximately 2 million of these by 2016.
The campaign to END CHILD POVERTY believes that if we are to achieve an adequate home for every child it is imperative that these building commitments are met, that the housing built is affordable and that around a quarter to a third of these new homes are available for social renting. This would help lift hundreds of thousands of children out of homelessness and bad housing and give them a brighter future.
BUT WHAT ARE BIRMINGHAM COUNCIL DOING? NOTHING
The refuse to sell land to the housing associations at an affordable price to allow 2,000 new homes for social rent to be built. Their housing management is in disarray as will be shown on these pages shortly and this combined with the total lack of social housing is forcing desperate families into privately rented homes. This usually adds to the issue of poverty as many private tenants have to use part of their benefits to pay the short fall in their housing benefit. those that are left in poor and/or overcrowded homes have to put up with poor health and all the other issues that such housing brings.
FAR FROM ERADICATING CHILD POVERTY IN BIRMINGHAM THIS COUNCIL IS INCREASING IT.
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