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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Catholic agency welcomes family support in new Budget
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¬†The Bishops of England and Wales agency, 'Caritas ≠ social action', has welcomed the 'good news' for children and families in Gordon Brown new Budget. But, it says there must be effective dialogue between the government and social justice organisations like Caritas ≠ social action to ensure that this money is spent on the right solutions, rather than assuming that one service will fit the needs of all families. In a statement the agency said: "we particularly welcome the announcement that Sure Start, early years education and childcare are to be expanded, supported by £669m by 2007-08. "Sure Start-type services will be established in the 20 per cent most deprived wards and be available for 56 per cent of children living in poverty in those areas. "One hundred thousand new childcare places will be provided and free part-time early education will be piloted for 6,000 two-year-olds." the agency said it was also pleased with the 'good news' for children in poverty. Independent assessors expect that the interim target of reducing child poverty by a quarter by April 2005 will be achieved. This means more than one million children have been brought out of poverty, mostly due to the increased income for poorer families delivered through the Child Tax Credit. Sarah Lindsell, Director of Caritas - social action, said: "The challenge is to continue to bring children out of poverty at the same rate and to show this level of commitment to addressing the wider issues facing families. We are disappointed at the continued absence, in recent budgets, of a financial commitment to parents who wish to stay at home and bring up their children themselves." the statement said: Caritas ≠ social action is pleased to see that 3.7 million families are expected to benefit from an increase in the child tax credit payment for children as it rises to £3.50 a week from £3.00. Other extensions mean mothers on paid maternity leave will be able to receive help with costs of childcare for their new babies. Whilst we are pleased with these decisions, we would like to see more commitment to families by the government. Source: Caritas - social action
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