Sir George has shown his support for helping the UK’s poorest children in this year’s Budget, at an event for the Campaign to End Child Poverty, in Westminster.
MPs came together to demonstrate their concern for the one in three children in the UK who are living in poverty, and to send a message that more should be done to help them.
Sir George was photographed in front of a backdrop showing the Campaign to End Child Poverty’s Keep the Promise rally in Trafalgar Square in October. 10,000 people turned out to urge the government not to forget its promise of halving child poverty by 2010 and ending it by 2020.
Today’s event was organised by Save the Children, as part of the Campaign to End Child Poverty.
“We are delighted to see MPs showing their support for ending child poverty,” said Sally Copley, head of UK policy for Save the Children. “Too many children in this country are growing up without enough money for a nutritious diet or a warm home. We need everyone in Westminster to commit to ending this tragedy.”
Recent Save the Children research shows that the poorest are suffering the most from the financial crisis. Nearly half of the poorest parents have cut back on food and heating, around half are suffering sleepless nights and 40% are suffering from depression.
“The Campaign to End Child Poverty rally last October demonstrated public concern. Today we are seeing that MPs also want the Government to take action to improve the lives of the 3.9 million children that are living in poverty in the UK,” said Hilary Fisher, Director of End Child Poverty.
A Save the Children briefing has also argued that investing in the poorest families is the best way to help the economy, because poorer people are more likely to spend any extra money they receive.
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Notes to Editors
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