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5 December 2012
Earlier today the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the coalition government's latest plans for taxing and spending in his annual Autumn Statement.
Responding to the mini-budget annoucements, Helen Donohoe, Action for Children's Director of Public Policy, said:
"Children and families were noticeably absent from Mr Osborne's Autumn Statement.
"Of course we welcome the Government's commitment to new spending for schools, but it's crucial that when children walk into the classroom they are ready to learn.
"It is pointless boosting the pot for education, if we forget the vital support services that wrap around it - such as early intervention measures that help prevent family breakdown, support young carers and work with children leaving care.
"We have already seen a devastating loss of focus on preventative services, with monies previously set aside being increasingly stretched. The Autumn Statement is another missed opportunity for the Government to prevent further erosion of vital support for vulnerable children and their families."
To find out more about Action for Children's work investigating the impact of Government spending decisions on children and families, please visit our Red Book 2012 webpage.