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Letter: Call for local children's services funding to be increased

Date published: 13 November 2017


Dear Editor,

I have just shared The Children's Society's latest podcast with our MP. Could you please do so as well?

We know from past coverage on Rochdale Online that this is a vital ongoing local issue since The Children’s Society found that children living in families with problem debt are five times more likely to be unhappy than children who do not.

Currently there are an estimated 5,151 children living in families who have fallen into problem debt in Rochdale and that there are 10,000 such children in our town in dire need of breathing space to repay their debts, so children don’t pay the price with their mental health.

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/129/letters-to-the-editor/106503/letter-ten-thousand-families-in-rochdale-need-a-debt-breathing-space

Parents’ alcohol abuse damages the lives of 700,000 teenagers. We know also thanks to a recent Rochdale Online report that alcohol abuse is also a major issue for town where:

'Rochdale is the second highest borough in Greater Manchester experiencing benefits claimed due to alcoholism, according to Office for National Statistics'.

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/113977/high-numbers-of-benefits-claimed-in-rochdale-for-alcoholism

Government cuts to funding for local children’s services hit them hard.

Nationally one million teenagers are experiencing seven or more serious problems - from violence at home to threat of eviction. Too often, they're forced to struggle alone.

Without help, their lives can and do get worse. They may resort to running away or turn to drugs or self-harm.

Despite rising numbers in need of help, drastic Government cuts mean funding is short by a catastrophic two billion pounds. The upcoming Autumn Budget is an opportunity for this to change.

Please take some time to share this podcast with your MP and ask them to call for local children's services funding to be increased.

Here is the link for concerned readers of Rochdale Online:

https://act.childrenssociety.org.uk/page/16199/action/1

Thank you.

Yours,

Andrew Wastling

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Rochdale Online.


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