Concerned that majority of cuts falling on families with children

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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

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Oxford Mail:

2:40pm Thursday 28th May 2015

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Housing benefits for landlords and employers

Oxford Mail:

2:40pm Thursday 28th May 2015

BRIAN Duffy (May 21) has a point. Housing benefit enriches landlords, allowing them to increase rents above what rents would have been without the intervention of housing benefit.

Children will have to cross dangerous road

Oxford Mail:

2:38pm Thursday 28th May 2015

I SEE that you published an article in respect of the Barton Park development but failed to publish a report on when the hedgerow was cut down and removed at Foxwell Drive.

Residents, congestion and economy lose out

Oxford Mail:

2:35pm Thursday 28th May 2015

REFERENCING your article (May 22) surprise, surprise, charges up and ‘Number of cars using Water Eaton park-and-ride drop by more than a third.’ Congestion on Oxford’s ring roads up.

Pub site could become much-needed DIY store

Oxford Mail:

2:34pm Thursday 28th May 2015

WITH regards to the plans being turned down for a Hungry Horse outlet in Templars Square, there is already a family pub opposite the proposed site.

National security and human rights balance

Oxford Mail:

2:33pm Thursday 28th May 2015

I AGREE with Catherine Bearder MEP that the Lib Dems have done much to promote civil liberties by objecting to Control Orders and various snoopers’ charters.


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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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