fair4A new campaign, backed by leading children and families charities, is calling on the Chancellor to put "the country's greatest asset" at the top of his agenda in this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review. 

Fair4Families argues that families are a major untapped resource and need to be protected from an unprecedented squeeze on their finances as a result of the rising cost of every day necessities like food, petrol, childcare and reductions in benefits and tax credits.

The Fair4Families campaign is led by national charity 4Children and demands specifically that the Comprehensive Spending Review:
- Protecting crucial services for families with children from further spending reductions for the spending review period   
- Contains no further spending reductions sought through real terms cuts to benefits paid to families with children
- Recognises families are assets that can contribute to our economic and social recovery with the right support. Including:
1) an ambitious vision for support for families, including childcare – so that more parents can contribute to economic growth
2) greater investment in housing to give more people the chance to realise their dream of a home fit for a family
3) a real shift in spending from ineffective late intervention to early intervention
4) a credible strategy to begin to eradicate child poverty 

Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said: “Fair4Families speaks for the thousands of families who are reaching breaking point as a result of the rising cost of living and in many cases, falling household incomes. Families need a helping hand to get them through these hard times.

"This year’s Comprehensive Spending Review will be an important moment for families.  They want  the Chancellor to put families at the top of the agenda with a new ‘triple lock’ which will mean no further cuts to spending on services or benefits for families with children and a positive offer for the future on the big issues like housing and childcare."

Research carried out by 4Children in December 2012 revealed that over three-quarters of people with children are concerned they will be affected by the rising cost of living in 2013 with one-in-three worried about changes to welfare support or reduced salaries.

The campaign’s activities began earlier this week with a letter to the Chancellor, urging him to invite families to 11 Downing Street so that he can hear first hand about the daily challenges they are facing trying to make ends meet.
For more information visit www4children.org.uk
Posted 31/1/2013 by richard.hook@pavpub.com