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Government welfare cuts are hitting children, says BMA

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3129
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Recent cuts to welfare benefits and social care will hit the most vulnerable children and widen social inequalities in the United Kingdom, warns a major new report from the BMA.

Growing up in the UK says that the current high levels of poverty in the UK, including among children, are unacceptable.1 The report says that intervening early with family support and education was cost effective and essential to reduce inequalities. It highlights the value of the Sure Start Children’s Centres but adds that with local authority budget cuts and services no …

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