Barbara has called for young care leavers in Salford to be given better financial support as they leave the care system. Barbara has joined the campaign On Our Own Two Feet, led by the children’s charities ‘Action for Children’ and Barnardo’s. The campaign is urging the government to set up savings accounts for young people to help them as they leave care.
Salford has a higher rate of children who are looked after than other local authorities, regionally and nationally. Care-leavers have fewer qualifications than those who have not been in care, and they do not have any savings at the point where they leave care. The issue of lack of savings is even more important since the Government abolished the Child Trust Fund.
Barbara met young care leavers at the launch of the campaign at Westminster on Wednesday 9 March and they told her about the need they have for help when they leave care.
She has written to the Chancellor, George Osborne, asking him to provide for a savings account scheme for children in care in the Budget on 23rd March.
“The Labour Government created a Child Trust Fund for every child, which helped children in care, but the Conservative-led Government has abolished these funds.
“It is important that the Government now faces up to its responsibility to support care leavers and agrees to establish a savings account for every care-leaver. This would help young care-leavers have some security to help them when they leave care.”