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Times' letters: Child poverty and Brexit

PUBLISHED: 08:30 09 June 2019

1,339 three-day emergency food parcels were handed out to children in Brent between April 2018 and March 2019. Picture: PA

1,339 three-day emergency food parcels were handed out to children in Brent between April 2018 and March 2019. Picture: PA

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times' readers this week.

Child poverty must be taken seriously

Navin Shah, London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, writes:

The End Child Poverty coalition recently published a damning report that revealed child poverty is becoming increasingly normalised in our society.

Sadly, Brent featured in the top 20 boroughs in the country for child poverty in 2017/2018. The latest figures from the Trussell Trust have also shown 1,339 three-day emergency food parcels were handed out to children in Brent between April 2018 and March 2019.

Almost a decade of government austerity has widened the gulf between rich and poor in our communities.

It is vital that the government fully takes on board the recommendations of the End Child Poverty coalition's report, putting a stop to the four-years benefits freeze, abolishing the two-child allowance limit in tax credits, comprehensively reforming Universal Credit and re-establishing the link between benefits and inflation levels.

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No to Brexit

Paul Lorber, Brent North Lib Dem spokesperson, writes:

I wish Labour politicians Dawn Butler and Barry Gardiner would stop posturing on the issue of Brexit and stand up for the people of Brent.

Why has it taken Ms Butler three years to realise Brexit will cost jobs in Brent (Times) when it was obvious from the start?

Local people are already paying more for petrol, holidays and shopping as the value of the pound has collapsed. Many jobs London depends on have already moved out of the UK and many more will go as car, steel and other industries collapse.

Mr Gardiner's claim Labour is trying to help the Tories deliver Brexit is an insult to the majority of Brent residents who voted to remain. Britain is more secure, better able to tackle the environmental crisis and more prosperous as a result of being part of the EU. Brexit will damage opportunities for local people.

It's time for Labour to stop messing about and join the Lib Dems in saying no to Brexit.

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