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Campaigning to support families through tough times

By Maeve McGoldrick

A new campaign, ‘Fair4Families’ is being launched today calling on government to invest in the country’s greatest asset – the family.

Community Links, alongside other leading children and families charities  support 4Children  in their campaigning efforts. We believe that the Chancellor needs to put families at the top of his agenda in this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

The Fair4Families campaign is calling for the Comprehensive Spending Review to:

1. Recognise that families are assets which can contribute to our economic and social recovery with the right support. Including:

  • an ambitious vision for support for families, including childcare – so that more parents can work and contribute to economic growth
  • greater investment in affordable housing to give more people the chance to realise their dream of a home fit for a family
  • a real shift in spending from ineffective late intervention to early intervention
  • a credible strategy to begin to eradicate child poverty

2. Protect crucial services for families with children from further spending reductions for the spending review period

3. Prevent further spending reductions sought through real terms cuts to benefits paid to families with children.

At Community Links we have seen a huge increase in demand for our services over recent years. Our free welfare, debt and housing advice sessions, our employment support programmes and our community centres are always full, the needs of children and parents continue to increase.

That’s why fully support Fair4Families in campaigning to stop the unprecedented squeeze on family finances. It’s becoming a losing battle to manage the rising cost of everyday necessities like food, fuel and childcare.  Reductions in benefits and tax-credits decrease available income alongside the challenges of greater expense raising children and caring for elderly relatives. The increased demand from families we support for crisis services like food banks is just unacceptable.

Research carried out by 4Children in December 2012 revealed that people with children living in their household in Britain have real concerns that they will be affected by each of the following in 2013:

  •  75% are concerned they will be affected by the rising cost of living
  • 35% are worried about changes to welfare support
  • 33% are worried about capped, frozen or reduced salaries
  • 29% feel anxious about personal debt
  • 18% are worried about reduced local support (health, family and community services)
  • 18% are concerned about redundancy
  • 5% are fearful of having their home repossessed

Together we hope to make a real difference for all struggling families. To make this a reality for families we need your support. You can take action by downloading a letter to send to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, and by signing the petition.

The following organisations support the Fair4Families campaign:

Find out more about the Fair4Families campaign.

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