On Wednesday 18th January 2017, the End Child Poverty coalition and the APPG on Poverty hosted a parliamentary seminar to launch our new report and accompanying campaign, ‘Feeling the Pinch.’
The seminar explored the reports key findings including the reductions in the value of benefits relative to the cost of living, the impact of the freeze of housing benefit for families living in the privately rented sector and the poverty premium.
The seminar was chaired by Neil Gray, MP for Aidrie and Shotts and Vice Chair of the APPG on Poverty. Panel members included: Dr Sam Royston, Director of Research and Policy at the Children’s Society and Chair of End Child Poverty; Baroness Claire Tyler, Chair of the House of Lords Financial Exclusion Committee and President of the National Children’s Bureau; and Dr Kingsley Purdam, Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.
Stephen ‘Professor Green’ Manderson also attended the seminar, accompanied by a young person who is making a BBC3 documentary exploring why increasing numbers of children in Britain are growing up in poverty. The young person bravely shared her experiences of poverty saying,
‘Our landlord wanted to sell the flat so we had to move out… We had to live in a hostel…It made me stressed and worried… Why do mums have to worry about heating?’
Dr Sam Royston, chair of the End Child Poverty coalition, said:
‘Members of the coalition know too well the impact that poverty has on the lives of children and young people. The young person who spoke of her experiences of living in poverty further highlights why the Government needs to take action to lift the four-year freeze on child benefits and to ensure high prices aren’t paid by those who can least afford them.’
‘We would like to thank all the speakers and participants who helped to make the event such a success.’
Members of the End Child Poverty Steering Group with Stephen ‘Professor Green’ Manderson and Neil Gray MP. From L-R: Rosario Piazza, Buttle UK; Una Summerson, Contact a Family; Sam Royston, The Children’s Society; Stephen Manderson; Neil Gray MP; Alison Garnham, CPAG; Tom Sefton, Church of England; Anjum Klair, TUC