Concerned that majority of cuts falling on families with children

.

.

First published in Letters

IN her letter of July 7, Professor Dowler astutely sums up the impact of unfair measures put in place by the Government since 2010.

I would add, however, that four out of five of the richest people in the UK are now better-off under current austerity measures – while four out of five of the poorest are worse-off. The distribution of our national income is increasingly more unequal.

Oxford Mail:

The latest figures show 8,345 children in Oxford defined as living in poverty – which means their household income is below £16,000 or their parents are on benefits (Picture posed)

Added to this, I am greatly concerned that 70 per cent of all cuts are falling on families with children. And, as your article of July 8 highlights, the number of families stuck in the ‘hidden poverty’ trap is increasing.

As of today, 2.7 million children are being raised in poverty. Under continued austerity measures, by 2020 that is to rise to 3.4 million children in poverty – at which time poverty stands to cost the UK economy an annual amount of £35 billion, equivalent to about three per cent of GDP.

This really matters because societies with more equal distribution of incomes have better health, fewer social problems such as violence, drug abuse, teenage births, mental illness, obesity, and others, and are more cohesive than ones in which the gap between the rich and poor is greater.

We need fairer outcomes. We’re certainly not “all in this together” – and certainly not a lot of our children.

VAN COULTER

Oxford City Councillor

Coniston Avenue,

Oxford

Today’s letters

I’m afraid that league table results don’t lie

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

I admit to being the worst type of supporter as, although I have followed Oxford since 1960, I only occasionally go to matches and don’t see anything to make me change.

Navigation ditches were used for drainage

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

It’s a bit of a giveaway the word towpath and is derived from its use which was actually for a horse which towed narrow boats on our canals up until mechanisation took over.

It was a real pleasure to visit Jersey for a holiday

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

My wife and I have just returned from a holiday in Jersey, where we have been many times.

No matter how much is built, demand is rising

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

In the recent Scottish referendum, one of the problems given for wanting to leave the UK was their remoteness from Westminster but, being close to London creates its own problems, as outlined in your feature ‘How London drives up our house prices,’ Friday, September 26.

City’s streams are clogged with vegetation and need dredging

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

I have just received two publications about flooding in West Oxford.

We also had the same problem over uniforms

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

I’m a student in Oxford and not long ago we had the same problem as at Cheney over uniforms, except there were more than about 35 students in isolation or even sent home a day. The girls were not allowed to class if they didn’t have “the correct trousers” on.


Want to give your opinion? Email letters@oxfordmail.co.uk

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:50pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mytaxes says...

Do you remember when Gordon Brown abolished the 10p tax rate hitting the poorest in society? Do you remember year on year increasing our council tax? Labour should have done more for those in poverty when they were in power, instead, they just threw money at the problem not really solving anything.
Do you remember when Gordon Brown abolished the 10p tax rate hitting the poorest in society? Do you remember year on year increasing our council tax? Labour should have done more for those in poverty when they were in power, instead, they just threw money at the problem not really solving anything. mytaxes
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree