Opinion poll results and summary of the in house report with quotes from interviewees are enclosed. The Child Trust Fund will be set up for every child born since September 2002 and will give at least £250 to each child, increasing to £500 for the poorest third of children. At the age of 18 the Fund will have accumulated assets and will be accessible to the young person. The Government intends to report on further instalments to the Fund during primary and secondary education. Rightly, the progressive sample home inspection report element will ensure that children from low-income backgrounds receive up to double the minimum amount from the state, with further additions during their school years.
For too long, children from lower income families have been disadvantaged when reaching adult life. The Child Trust Fund will mean at the age of 18 young people, particularly those from low income families, will have access to their fund enabling them to take up opportunities that were previously not available. This is a move in the right direction to put all children, regardless of background, on an equal footing when entering into adult life.
As a children’s charity with over 500 projects and as one of the main providers of Sure Start, NCH welcomes the decision by the Chancellor to undertake a review of the future of childcare and family friendly policies. Many of our project users have difficulty accessing affordable childcare and juggling work with their parenting commitments. It is pleasing that the Government has There has been an alarming increase in the number of babies born to drug using mothers in Scotland in recent years, the leading children’s charity NCH Scotland warns today.
There are now just under 1000 babies a year born to drug using mothers – one in 56 of all births – and the rate almost doubled between 1996-2000 from 9.3 per 1000 births to 17.7. This, together with existing problems such as poverty and family breakdown, means that ever increasing numbers of children in Scotland are being brought up in disadvantaged and often desperate circumstances.