With the Chancellor’s 2018 budget being presented on Monday 29 October 2018, we are supporting a plea we hear on a daily basis at Safespaces. This plea has been put into the form of a public petition calling for this government to put #ChildrenAtTheHeart of their spending plans.
This week (23 October 2018) in an open letter to Downing Street, over 120 organisations have demanded that the Government recognise compelling evidence that the services and support that children and young people rely on are at breaking point.
There is a legal obligation for local authorities to meet the needs of disabled children. We recognise this is often difficult in a climate of spending cuts, conflicting priorities and the pending Brexit plans in 2019. That’s why we’re getting behind the collaboration between The Disabled Children’s Partnership and The National Children’s Bureau who are working together to lobby the government and raise awareness of the issues facing disabled children and their families.
The influential group of over 120 children’s charities and organisations – including the British Healthcare Trades Association of which we are members – have accused the Government of ignoring children and young people in its spending commitments.
The call comes from one of the broadest coalitions to assemble around such a cause, with representatives working across child health, education, social care, disability and poverty all signing the letter. The letter is supported by over 120 organisations. The letter is signed by 16 organisations, including: the National Children’s Bureau, The Children’s Society, the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, End Child Poverty, Action for Children, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Disabled Children’s Partnership, NAHT, Coram, the Special Educational Consortium, the Childhood Trust, the Council for Disabled Children, Children England, the Child Poverty Action Group, YMCA and the Childhood Bereavement Network.
A further 112+ organisations have shown their support by adding their logos to the letter.
The public petition, written and submitted by parent Jessica Tomlinson, calls for an increase in government investment in services and support for children, young people and families.
You can show your support by signing the online public petition here and helping us strengthen the voice which is echoed by Safespaces, the British Healthcare Trades Association and over 100 organisations supporting this action. Also, follow the story and show your support by using the hashtag #ChildrenAtTheHeart.