Since 1979 UK child
poverty has doubled. In 2006, 3.8 million children were living in poverty in
homes on less than 60% of average income. Although this is a fall of about
600,000 since 1998, this still leaves 500,000 children above the Government's
own target. This is not the whole picture either - poverty in the whole
population is increasing.
From The Guardian, Wednesday
January 23, 2008: Individual hopes of betterment through education
are often destroyed by the fear of debt, says John McDonnell, who asks why then
is the government ensuring the private sector profits from it.
Students and staff at Edinburgh schools and nurseries have learned of
the chilling news that their places of learning and work places may be
under threat once again. The Edinburgh Evening News reported on the
thirtieth of October that Edinburgh Council intended to reopen a
consultation process that would look into the future of schools. It
also listed seventeen schools and nurseries that it expected to be
earmarked for the process.
After the government has pursued a series of attacks on the poorest
section of the working class in recent years, they have apparently
decideded to try and give something back to the poor by launching a new
Child Poverty Unit. This is a way of the government showing its
willingness to end child poverty which was, believe it or not, a stated
Labour policy in 2007. In Scotland for instance one in four children
still grows up in poverty. This nakedly displays the utter bankruptcy
of New Labour's market orientated policy.