NCB Statement on the Spending Review and Autumn Statement

Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive of the National Children's Bureau said:

'Once again children and young people are amongst those who will lose out the most from underfunded services and tightened state support. It is striking that the Chancellor has chosen not to protect children with an equivalent to the continuing 'triple lock' on pensions despite the fact that they are twice as likely to be living in poverty as older people.

'While help for the NHS is much needed, and the scrapping of tax credit cuts will help vulnerable children, far too many are growing up in an unequal society where the poorest families are not adequately supported.Council staff will listen to the Chancellor's announcement that they can levy a precept for adult social care, knowing this will not provide them with the means to support all the vulnerable children who rely on them.'