VAT rise 'contradicts' child poverty strategy.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
(Laws, regulations and rules)
Poverty (United Kingdom)
Poverty (Political aspects)
Children (Health aspects)
|Publication:||Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815|
|Issue:||Date: Feb, 2011 Source Volume: 84 Source Issue: 2|
|Topic:||Event Code: 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime; 920 Taxes; 970 Government domestic functions; 200 Management dynamics Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation; Company business management|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Name: United Kingdom; United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom|
The VAT increase to 20% contradicts government efforts to reduce
child poverty, Unite/CPHVA has stated in response to the consultation on
the government's UK-wide child poverty strategy.
Referring to other cuts to welfare benefits, including access restrictions on child benefit and the proposed abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance, Unite/CPHVA professional officer Gavin Fergie said: 'There is a danger of robbing disadvantaged people not just financially but also in terms of the benefit that welfare support could provide in helping to improve life chances.'
The consultation Tackling child poverty and improving life chances builds on two reports--Frank Field's review of child poverty and life chances and Graham Allen's review of early intervention.
It sets out four approaches--early intervention during a child's foundation years, improving employment skills, welfare benefit reforms to ensure that vulnerable families get the help they need, and devolving power to local authorities so that they can target resources to where they are needed.
The consultation deadline is 15 February. Organisations and individual practitioners are invited to respond, and the consultation documents can be accessed at: www.education.gov.uk/consultations
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