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

Speeding motorists have me very worried

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

am writing concerning the speed that motorists and motorcyclists use on the road at the rear of our home.

This makes a mockery of government's pledge

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

Recently we received a note from the postman asking us to pick up a package from the main post office.

I'm glad so many cyclists were caught out

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

IT’s good to see 300 cyclists caught cycling without lights being fined.

Can we really say this is a transparent society?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

As a widowed pensioner aged 92, I feel bound to comment on two items in the news this week.

A big thank you to all hospital staff for looking after us so well

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

Having read so many articles in the national newspapers regarding patients receiving sometimes quite appalling service in their local hospitals, how lucky we are in Oxfordshire to receive such wonderful service at the John Radcliffe Hospital, The Churchill Hospital and also the Nuffield Hospital.

Residents would be under constant stress

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

In reference to Pye Homes-Blenheim Consortium’s proposal to build 1,500 houses on farmland sites at Woodstock East and the Cherwell District in proximity to Oxford London Airport. I would think that the last thing that any developer or council should be doing is planning to build a substantial number of homes in close proximity to the flight path of an expanding airport.


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