Debate on child poverty

    We asked:- Should Labour increase taxes on income to
    raise more children out of poverty?

    Here are some of the comments we received:-

    “This is not an easy question to answer because one has to
    take into consideration those people who are on a low wage. I am
    not sure how this problem is going to be solved, however what the
    government could consider, is taxing those individuals that earn
    more money.”

    G Gordon

    “If income taxes are raised, then it should be on the upper
    higher earners. People on lower incomes would suffer twice as much
    if taxed at a higher rate.

    Poverty will only be eradicated when our government acknowledge
    that poverty in this country is far worse than they would have the
    general public believe and that people on lower incomes (and I am
    talking about those who earn less than £150.00 per week) are
    not always eligible for help with rent etc as they may be earning
    “too much”.

    This means that perhaps they are earning as little as 20 pence
    over the government’s limits for benefit help. A family may
    only be ‘getting by’ on £200.00 a week and still not be able
    to afford many of life’s essentials e.g. good healthy food for
    their children.

    They will buy the cheaper less healthy foods mainly because that
    is all they can afford and they know their children will eat that
    sort of food. There are still many children out there who do not
    know what a good meal is.

    Will the higher taxes REALLY be used to feed them?”

    M. Logan
    2nd. Year student social worker

    “I have heard about the Labour party suggesting that they
    would like to increase our tax rates to help children in

    Helping children in poverty is a very good idea but I do not
    agree that this money should come from our tax, especially as by
    increasing it, we are paying too much as it is.”

    Syrina Salam

    “Of course the wealthy should pay more taxes to help lift
    children out of poverty. It was once axiomatic that those with the
    broadest shoulders bear the heaviest load; and it a pity that this
    government has chosen the path that it has. A certain timidity and
    lack of conviction has prevailed, and whilst those at the top are
    wealthier than ever, those at the ‘bottom’ are either standing
    still or worse off than before.”
    Kevin Barry  

    “Yes they should raise taxes to help the children because the
    long-term cost to help these kids is costing us more! We should not
    have the situation in this day and age where kids are suffering
    because they go on to become adults with the same

    Mick Davies




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