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Shameful Neglect Of Children ..
Child poverty scars kids for the whole of their lives, crushing dreams and cruelly robbing the young of hope. 
The leap in the number of boys and girls living in poor homes, their parents lacking enough money to give them a decent start in life, is a grotesque stain on this Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government.
We were critical of the last Labour Government when it missed ambitious targets to give youngsters a comfortable childhood, yet Tony Blair and Gordon Brown still threw a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of kids.
So we condemn unreservedly David Cameron and Nick Clegg for the shameful neglect of children as hundreds of thousands more are dumped below the breadline.
The Prime Minister and his deputy would not want their own children to miss hot meals, clothes, toys and holidays. That they allow poverty to mar the childhoods of increasing numbers in other families is a disgrace.
( Daily Mirror, 14.06.2013 )

Children Living In Poverty ..
Almost one in three children is living in poverty, according to shock figures.

The number of youngsters on the breadline is up 300,000 to 2.6million under the Coalition. But with housing costs factored in it rises to 3.8million – and 67% are in working families.
Matthew Reed, of the Children’s Society, said “It’s shameful that as one of the world’s richest countries child poverty is being allowed to increase.”
The figures for 2011-12 were in the same year the Coalition cut £1.5billion of support for low-income families.
( An extract from an article by Jason Beattie, 14.06.2013 )

Playing In A Virtual World ..
In their early years, children grow best in an environment of physical interaction with the natural world. Running in fields, climbing trees, playing about in the mud and wondering at an empty sky.

But increasingly, their free time is taken up by playing in a virtual world.
( Sally Goddard Blythe, Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology )

A Pillow Over The Head ..
Until the advent of the welfare state, many urban families lived in a permanent state of near-starvation. White bread was the staple diet, eaten with jam containing so little fruit that wood chips were sometimes added to mimic pips. Infectious diseases were rampant, and poor families could seldom afford to call a doctor.
At the turn of the century, Seebohm Rowntree, the social reformer and chronicler, found that in one impoverished York parish a third of children died before their first birthday – compared with fewer than one in ten among the ‘servant-keeping classes’. Not all these children died from natural causes.
In 1900, the infant murder rate was 15 times what it is today.
In the days before contraception or abortion, a pillow over the head was a brutal form of family planning. They had children chiefly to shore up the family finances.
Children were expected to go to work as soon as possible and support their parents in old age. This is one respect in which childhood has been utterly transformed in the modern era. Far from contributing to the family coffers, our offspring have to be subsidised for two decades or more.
( An extract from an article by Jemima Lewis )

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