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England has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the industrialised world: more than one in four children live in poverty. That's over 3 million children.
Many low-income families struggle to pay for basic necessities such as adequate heating and nutritious food. Poverty also causes social exclusion and limited access to local services such as leisure
The government has promised to halve poverty by 2010 and end it by 2020.
We monitor the government's progress and we've found it is nowhere near meeting its targets.
We've been lobbying the government to make seasonal cash grants to low-income families. These would help them meet particularly high costs in winter, such as
fuel and warm clothes. Partly as a result of our campaign, 100 MPs
signed an early day motion to introduce seasonal grants.
Many children in England are missing out on a good-quality education. Some 9,000 are permanently excluded from school each year. An additional 10,000 are simply not getting an education.
England has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the industrialised world: more than one in four children live in poverty. That's over 3 million children. Almost one in ten live in severe
poverty. This is unacceptable and we're determined to change it.
We've campaigned for the rights of children in England for over 80 years. Our work today is focused on the most deprived communities in four regions: London, the Midlands, the North West, and the North East.
We want long-term change for some of the most vulnerable children across
the country: those growing up in poverty; those missing out on a good
quality education; those who have come to England to seek refuge and
Children and young people take an active part in all our work. We consult with them to find out about their experiences and ideas for tackling the problems they face. We help them develop these ideas and
put them into practice. And we help them present their views to people
in power, so they can play a part in bringing about lasting changes.
Paragraphs in bold and ittalic were taken from http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/978.htm
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