ADCS response to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement

Stuart Gallimore, ADCS President, said:

“We are disappointed that the Chancellor has once again failed to prioritise children, young people and families who are barely getting by in his spending plans. He made only two references to addressing some of the most pressing issues facing children and young people today in his Spring Statement. Although additional funding for the police to help tackle rising levels of serious youth violence across the country is welcome as is the government’s commitment to ending period poverty through the creation of a scheme like that already in place in Scotland and we await further details on this. That said, without tackling the root causes of these issues, such as the reduction of positive activities for young people alongside rapidly rising levels of child poverty, then we are fighting a losing battle. Despite more and more reports highlighting the increasing pressures facing local authorities, schools and other vital public services, today’s Spring Statement still leaves us wondering when austerity will actually ‘end’”.


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