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Three major British Churches have attacked the Government’s Child Poverty Strategy, saying that it fails to provide a credible plan/
Three major British Churches have attacked the Government’s Child Poverty Strategy, saying that it fails to provide a credible plan to tackle the issue.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, Methodist and United Reformed Churches welcome the Government’s pledge to eradicate child poverty by 2020, but argue that the strategy fails to provide a credible plan to achieve this aim.
The Institute of Fiscal Studies predicts that by 2020 UK child poverty will have increased from 3.5 million to 4.7 million, and that the major driver behind this increase will be the tax and welfare changes introduced since 2010.
“Child poverty is set to increase for the rest of the decade and beyond and this strategy will not stop this,” said Paul Morrison, Public Issues Policy Adviser and author of The lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about poverty, a report dispelling six common myths about poverty.
“Perversely the strategy trumpets measures that will actually increase child poverty. The Benefit Cap and the Bedroom Tax are mentioned as poverty reduction strategies yet we know that already both measures are driving families into poverty.
“By 2020 one in three of our children is set to live in poverty. But rather than addressing this fundamental problem, the strategy restates old policies - some positive, some negative, but none substantial enough to grasp the seriousness of the challenge ahead. For families which can’t afford to heat their homes, or feed and clothe their children adequately, this strategy is a wasted opportunity.
“Jesus spoke of the preciousness of each and every child. The nation’s commitment to eradicating child poverty is a beacon of hope on the political landscape. This strategy fails to turn that hope into a credible reality. A childhood spent in poverty is a sad and terrible failure of our society to prioritise those most vulnerable.”
Faith-based groups, with the United Nations, have urged expansion of access to anti-retroviral treatment for persons living with HIV and AIDS.
Faith-based organizations (FBOs), with the United Nations, have urged expansion of access to anti-retroviral treatment for persons living with HIV and AIDS in a consultation organized by the UNAIDS and Caritas Internationalis, from 25 to 26 February in Rome, Italy.
The consultation brought together more than one hundred participants including representatives from Christian faith traditions, UN organizations, Vatican, governments, donors, the medical and scientific community, and the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.
Among these participants was Dr Sue Parry, Southern Africa’s coordinator for the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA), a project of the World Council of Churches.
In her reflections at the consultation, Parry said, “We have reviewed achievements and efforts, shared experiences and strategized on how best to move forward rapidly forward to bring life-preserving medication to so many currently in need, and to so many who will shortly be in need.”
“This treatment initiative is for the benefit – not only of those who are living with HIV – but for all of us, for what affects one, affects all,” she added.
Parry also stressed the need to have emphasis on the “social determinants of HIV, human rights and the equal right to health, especially for those on the margins.”
“The hidden impact of culture, throughout the life-stages of the patients, may undermine our efforts if we fail to acknowledge its power and address this reality.”
“If we do not promote a zero tolerance for all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, we will not win the battle against HIV,” she added.
Dr Luiz Loures, assistant secretary general of the UN and deputy executive director of UNAIDS, said, “We are entering a new phase where we can see the beginning of the end of AIDS”. Currently, faith-based organizations care for more than 50% of people who are living with HIV; therefore, they have the scale and means to move us forward, he added.
Remembering the beginnings of HIV, Loures mentioned alliances formed between patients, families and the churches. The compassionate professional expertise of the churches, particularly the Catholic Church, had a profound influence on people’s lives affected by the pandemic, he said.
Among the challenges highlighted at the consultation was evidence that healthcare is lagging behind in the treatment of HIV-positive children, as well as rising mortality rates in adolescents, keeping people in treatment, and a trend toward overlooking mental health care for HIV-positive adolescents.
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