Kent Green Party is concerned about the rise in child poverty in Kent and Medway, which is predicted to rise even further in the immediate future. Steve Dawe comments:
"Coalition cuts and poor wages are driving up child poverty. The recent
report of the End Child Poverty coalition shows the proportion of
children in each of our council areas in Kent currently living in poverty:
Tonbridge and Malling 15%
Tunbridge Wells 14%
"The national figure is 20.2% of children living in poverty, a truly
appalling statistic. But six of Kent's council areas are higher than
this. When this is combined with the fact that every district in Kent now
has a Food Bank as well to feed the hungry(2), we can see that Coalition
cuts and declining purchasing power for households are undermining the
future of our children.
"Kent Green Party does not believe making the poorest suffer is
acceptable. Our tax system could be used to collect more revenue from
corporations and the richest households is anything but gross injustice.
Coalition policies are forecast to increase the numbers of children and
households in poverty. For our children to have hope, their policies of
poverty creation must be rejected by all of us."
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on
01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by
H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent
TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at
1. End Child Poverty (coalition of 100 charities)
2. See our previous release at www.kentgreenparty.org on this subject.
3. Tax alternatives include: raising cigarette, alcohol, petrol,
diesel duties; raising Air Passenger Duty; adding more council tax bands
at the top of the scale; shutting all tax havens operating on UK