On 20 February 2013, the Campaign to End Child Poverty published local child poverty figures.
“Anxiety and difficult decisions about how best to spend a low income leave parents at risk of poor mental health, poor nutritional health, inappropriate drug and alcohol use, and breakdown of couple relationships which may include domestic violence.
“NCT calls for protection from further spending cuts of vital services for families with children, including Sure Start Children’s Centres, and relationship and parenting support. We also ask government to recognise that all family budgets are under heavy pressure as food and fuel prices rise, while benefits are capped. Today’s figures reinforce the clear need for such mounting pressure to be halted now.”