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28 October 2020

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Don't let Tories starve our kids

The weekly cost of full-time childcare is an extortionate 233 a week, photo Anthony Kelly/CC

The weekly cost of full-time childcare is an extortionate 233 a week, photo Anthony Kelly/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Big business got billions - Fight for what we need

Lindsey Morgan, Parent and school meals campaigner, Leicester

Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said he wants parents to "take some responsibility for their children". We live in a system that makes it incredibly difficult for parents to look after their kids. The idea that people want handouts from the government is a lie.

Parents want to be able to provide for their kids without having to ask for help. If it's about "taking responsibility", put us in a position where we have the money and resources to do that!

The vast majority of people receiving benefits are in work. Clarke-Smith says he wants "more action to tackle the real causes of child poverty". We need a minimum wage of at least 12 an hour with benefits raised to match, and an end to zero-hour contracts to "tackle the real causes" of low pay and insecure work.

Children aren't to blame for whatever their family circumstances are, and whether their parents have the money. All of the services to make it that bit easier to be able to support our kids - mental health support, youth clubs, drug and alcohol support, and breakfast clubs - the Tories have cut them too.

As for what Clarke-Smith calls "nationalising children". We don't expect the government to act out of kindness. But we sure as hell are going to fight for the government to provide the money to feed our kids.

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In The Socialist 28 October 2020:

What we think

Tories' school meals outrage

Coronavirus News

Don't let Tories starve our kids

Tory 'Starve a Kid to Save a Quid' scheme

Boots launches 120, 12-minute Covid test

Under the microscope

Workplace News

Backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary

Royal Mail: No more behind closed doors talks

Fight Leeds Labour council's massive cuts

Workplace news in brief


NHS England's 1bn winter shortfall: we need union action, not platitudes!

BAME Covid deaths due to capitalist inequality, confirms government

Mayor and government compete to attack London transport: fight for no cuts!

Grenfell watch: landlord's 800,000 saving

Food Standards

Food and a capitalist Brexit: No trust in Tory Deals!

International News

Nigeria protests shake regime

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US presidential election


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Birmingham: 'Refund our fees' protests

Solidarity with the movement in Nigeria

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Bristol jobs protest: We want 100% pay

Readers' Opinion

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