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Concerned that majority of cuts falling on families with children

Oxford Mail: . .

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

Be safe and stay out of quarries this summer

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

LAST year, during a two-month period of unusually warm weather, six people drowned in former quarry lakes across the UK.

Lots of work needs to be done on this route

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

I am writing concerning reports of the city council’s surplus cash. What are the council doing sitting on all that cash? (‘Only £15,000 spent from £362,000’, Oxford Mail, July 14).

HS2 money could be better spent elsewhere

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

SITTING out early in my garden these beautiful mornings, I can hear the Birmingham to Marylebone trains thundering past and it made me wonder why anyone would want to go faster than that, bearing in mind the HS2. Surely if you order a full English breakfast on the Birmingham to Marylebone train now, you would not have time for the toast and marmalade.

Bringing peace would be a huge step forward

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH all the dreadful loss of life in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and now Palestine, it is difficult to know where to start. But the injustice, stupidity and illegality of Israeli attacks on Gaza spurs me to write.

Infrastructure is under pressure and new measures are needed

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

There is a clear need to provide transport links from the north-west Bicester eco town to the town centre. However, the potential to improve transport for the much larger Bicester of the future must also be seized.

Department must take another look at centre

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FIRSTLY I must say how pleased I am with Oxford City Council Planning Department for listening to my objections regarding neighbouring developments. Thanks to their efficiency one proposal was amended.


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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
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