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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Teenagers at risk from government's anti-family policies say Christian Democrats
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¬†The Christian Peoples Alliance party is challenging the primary conclusions of a report published today which finds that thousands of children are being left at home alone while their parents work because of a shortage of child care places. According to the party, the warning in the report that the lack of youth clubs and after-school care increases the risk that young teenagers will turn to crime, misses the point that children need to have a parent at home when the school day ends. The CPA favours greater investment in marriage to allow parents real choice over childcare. The report by the 4children charity says that more than a third of 11-16-year olds reported regularly returning from school to an empty home. It also finds that in about 77 per cent of families with older children, both parents worked and that, at any time, half of parents did not know exactly what their teenagers were doing, whom they were with or what they were doing when not in school. Councillor Alan Craig leads the Christian Peoples Alliance group on Newham Council, one of Britain's most deprived boroughs. He commented: "The report paints a bleak picture of children left to their own devices, abandoned by a government which refuses to give real help to families. "Children both need and deserve the time and attention of a parent at the end of the school day. It is the home which makes the real difference to a child's chances in life, such as being able to read and write, healthy eating habits and avoiding early experimentation with drink and drugs. "But the answer is not simply to extend the nanny state through more after-hours care - it is to make it financially possible for one or other parent to be at home when their child ends their school day." At the last general election, the Christian Peoples Alliance proposed policies to support marriage and families, including higher child benefits and transferable personal tax allowances which would benefit a couple on average earnings with two children by an average of £4350 annually. "Labour will invest in any alternative to the family and now Gordon Brown will make it worse by forcing single-parents to return to the workforce when their child is about to enter their teens", said Councillor Craig. "What is needed is to reward parenting by removing some of the financial pressure which forces both parents out to work and that will require a totally new direction in government policy." Source: CPA
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