Barbara along with 76 other Labour MPs successfully urged the Chancellor Alastair Darling to take action in his Budget last week to end child poverty in this country.
The MPs wrote to the chancellor before the budget urging him to get Government action back on track to meet the target to halve child poverty by 2010 and remove all children from povert by 2020.
“I welcome the Government’s pledge to bring an end to children living in poverty in the UK. Even when faced with difficult spending decisions to make in the Budget, the Chancellor Alastair Darling has stuck firm to his commitment to reduce the number of children currently living in poverty. I am very pleased that Alastair Darling listened to the request made in the letter from me and the other Labour MPs on this issue.
“The measures announced in the Budget will help children and families in the constituency of Worsley and across the country, through additional child benefits and extra housing benefit and council tax credit. I am also pleased to see that moves have been taken to give a fairer deal to those families using pre-pay energy meters.”
The Budget also provided good news for pensioners, with over nine million pensioner households nationwide receiving additional money to pay their heating bills this year.
“I was also very pleased to see that the Winter Fuel Allowance will be increased to £250 for the over 60s and to £400 for the over 80s. It is important that older people can keep warm through the winter months without having to worry about their bills. This increase in the allowance should be of great help to many older people.”