Al Gobierno le preocupan los niños en la crisis económica

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Al Gobierno le preocupan los niños en la crisis económica

Notapor Arantza » Dom Abr 05, 2009 1:57 pm

y subirá las ayudas por hijo para que ninguna familia tenga dificultades a la hora de darles de comer.

Sí, habeis leído bien. Pero por desgracia no es nuestro Gobierno, si no el de Gordon Brown.

Ojalá tomaran nota y ejemplo, al fin y al cabo les une cierta afinidad ideológica.

Noticia de la BBC que refleja lo que tenemos que tener todos como prioridad en estos tiempos de crisis económica: el que los más débiles, y especialmente los más inocentes, los niños, no sufran.


Warning of food price hike crisis

The price of pork sausages has gone up 51% in the past year
A crisis is unfolding in the UK as people in poverty struggle with rising food prices and the recession, the Save the Children charity has warned.
It comes as new figures from The Grocer magazine show food prices rose by more than 18% over the last year.
On Monday, the charity will launch a crisis grant scheme to help families.
The government says it believes food prices have peaked and it is tackling child poverty through increased child benefits and child tax credits.
'More unequal'
Colette Marshall, of Save the Children, said: "We are facing a crisis. Benefits simply haven't been enough and with rising food costs it means that families cannot afford to give children proper decent food.
"We think we are heading towards malnutrition here in the UK."

Pensioner on her struggle with food costs
She is calling on the government to meet its target of halving child poverty by 2010 by putting £3bn in the Budget.
Penny Greenhough, a single mother of two young children, said the family was struggling on a food budget of £3 per head per day.
"I am having to compromise on a daily basis on quality and quantity. I used to manage, but it's getting harder and harder," she told BBC News.
"Once you get into the supermarket then you have got to start looking for the cheapest of everything, every type of commodity you want, whether it is soap powder, some meat or bread or anything else, it's always the cheapest variety," said pensioner Rita Young.
"We have to go for the cheapest of everything and it's just not doing us any good. Too much salt, too much fat, too much sugar - cheap, cheap, cheap, just isn't good enough."

ANNUAL FOOD PRICE RISES
Rice - up 81%
Pork sausages - up 51%
Mince - up 22%
Milk - up 14%
Source: The Grocer

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Kate Green, of the Child Poverty Action Group, said that many families were buying less fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, and consuming more affordable tinned and packet food that was often higher in sugar, salt and fat.
Government efforts had lifted 600,000 children out of poverty in the last 10 years, but one in three still lived below the poverty line, she said.
"Part of the problem is... many people have seen their prosperity improve over the last 10 years, so we have become a much more unequal country," she said.
"That is very damaging for the people who just haven't kept up, and it really is quite wrong morally, and it's economically very stupid actually, not to make sure that we share the resources more equally and protect those who have least."
According to The Grocer, a typical basket of 33 items of food cost £48 a year ago. That has now risen to £57.50.
Seasonal produce has caused a small drop in monthly figures, but the cost of basic essentials remains high.
Extra benefits
James Ball, from the magazine, told the BBC: "It is the staples that have really gone up and that's tough for people who buy the cheapest food.
"Rice costs double what it did last year, baked beans are up more than a third. Lots of everyday items cost a lot more than they used to."
As the UK imports about 40% of its food, the weak pound has driven up prices. Unpredictable world harvests and a spike in oil prices last year have also played a part.
However, as British produce comes into season, prices are expected to drop.
Treasury minister Stephen Timms said a raft of benefits due to come in on Monday would help struggling families.
"Extra help on child benefit, child tax credit, the state pension, and pension credits is going to assist children, families and older people who are feeling the pinch at the moment.
"Of course we always look at the time of the budget to see if there is more that can be done but I think people will appreciate the help that is being provided."
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