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Working to End Child Poverty In London

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4in10 is based at Children England.  With continued funding from Trust for London and new funding from City Bridge Trust.

Benefits cap affects children's chances

 The London Child Poverty Alliance, (which 4in10 coordinates with the Child Poverty Action Group) had a letter published in the Evening Standard this month, in response to figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions which showed the huge rise in London’s poorest households being hit by the benefit cap:

Benefits cap affects children's chances
New figures show the number of Londoners hit by the benefit cap since it was lowered in November has almost doubled from 8,000 to 15,000. Capped households have had their incomes slashed but most can’t work because they either have very young children, a disability or a health condition.
Even when these parents do want to work, the cost of childcare in the capital often makes it impossible and cheaper accommodation is rarely an option, given the scarcity of affordable housing in London. The benefit cap isn’t getting people into work, it is getting families into difficulty. 
With child poverty expected to rise sharply in the coming years, we urge ministers in the next Government to rethink this policy, or else risk further damaging children’s life chances.

Deborah Hargreaves, chair, London Child Poverty Alliance; 
Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
Laura Payne, Project Manager, 4in10 Child Poverty Network
Dalia Ben-Galim, Director of Policy, Gingerbread
June O Sullivan, Chief Executive, LEYF
Lisa Redding, Chief Executive Officer, LVSC
Alex Bax, Chair, My Fair London
Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, NUT
Chris Price, Executive Director, Pecan
Dr Caoimhe McKenna, paediatrician and member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Health Promotion Committee
Ben Reynolds, Deputy Chief Executive, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming
Bharat Mehta, Chief Executive, Trust for London
Raji Hunjan, Chief Executive, Zacchaeus 2000 Trust.

At what cost? The 30 hours 'free'childcare promise in London- New 4in10 report published

Our survey of London's early years settings shows that underfunding of the 30 hours 'free' childcare offer threatens the financial viability of many childcare providers. This report calls on the Mayor and local authorities to support the early years sector over the rollout of the offer to ensure London's families don't miss out.  Download the report here