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Organisations call on government to “build back childhood”

By Rachel LawlerBuild Back Childhood campaign

The ‘Build Back Childhood’ campaign has launched today, calling on the Chancellor to remember children in next week’s Spending Review.

Backed by more than 700 organisations, including the Alliance, and coordinated by The National Children’s Bureau, the campaign has created a “case for investment” in childhood.

The campaign is asking the government to use the Spending Review to:

  • “level up” living standards for families
  • invest in early intervention and prevention
  • take a “rounded approach” to children’s recovery
  • give every child the best start in life

The accompanying report, Build Back Childhood: the case for investment, recommends actions such as an independent review of childcare and early education funding and affordability, including whether current spending is sufficient to deliver the current entitlements, £103 million funding for early support hubs, expanded Family Hubs and an urgent ‘catch-up’ package for education.

Other recommendations include reinstating the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift, ending the benefit cap and two child limit and additional funding for specialist services for babies and children who have experienced abuse and neglect.

The report states: “As the government pledges to unite and level up the whole of the country, and build back better and build back fairer, this is our vision for how the government can ensure that babies, children and young people are not forgotten. This is our chance to #BuildBackChildhood.”

Find out more
Read the Build Back Childhood report in full