Over the last 12 months, children and their families faced great uncertainty and disruption to
their lives, first through pandemic restrictions and more recently with unprecedented cost of
living increases. For some, this has compounded existing disadvantage. For others, it has
presented children and parents with and forced them to confront certain adversities and
challenges for the first time.
Cost of living increases risks pulling more and more children into poverty and deprivation,
and decreasing standards of living. The longer children live in poverty and deprivation the
greater an impact it will have on their health, wellbeing, and future development. Growing up
in poverty can negatively affect the entire life course of a child, limiting opportunities and
making it more difficult for them to realise their full emotional, educational, and social
Budget 2023 must prioritise those most disadvantaged by recent price increases, targeting
support measures at those most vulnerable. The Government must provide an appropriate
safety net to ensure that all children at the very least have access to daily essentials.
Additionally the government needs to make sure that families, once they have secured
sufficient finances, have the support they need to address issues in their lives.
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