Published on 24Dash, by Jon Land, 31st March 2010.
The difficulties of bringing up children in inner London, a challenge faced by thousands of low-income families, came under the spotlight when a CityWest Homes tenant was invited to speak before MPs last week.
Dianne Bell was an obvious choice to address the MPs. A lifelong resident of Westminster, Dianne has four children, aged 6 to 16, whom she has had to bring up on a limited income.
Dianne was speaking at Parliament at an event to celebrate the launch of Child Poverty Champions – 4in10: The End Child Poverty London Project’s Guide to Good Practice. This event celebrated the success of the 4in10 project, which has been working with charities across London since 2008 and is now coming to an end.
As a resident of Westminster’s Churchill Gardens estate, Dianne is a member of the South Westminster Children’s Centre Parents Forum, which offers support and training for families.
Forum members were invited to attend a free campaign training session coordinated by 4in10, and have subsequently been supported to get their voices heard.
Dianne said: “Our aim was to make people aware of the difficulties of life for poorer families living in London.”
The main themes Dianne highlighted were housing, specifically a shortfall in affordable properties leading to overcrowding, and the difficulties of managing on a low income … (full text).
Link: Call for ‘fairer’ welfare reform A coalition of 40 Scottish charities has called for a radically simplified and “fairer” welfare system, on BBCnews, by BBC news channel, 29 March 2010.