For immediate release – 10 January 2017
Anti-poverty campaigners called on Theresa May to turn her words into meaningful action following yesterday’s speech about a ‘shared society’.
In her speech, the Prime Minister highlighted the responsibilities we have to one another and the need to build a fairer country. The Poverty Alliance believes that these are values that have been eroded by the current UK government – especially as a result of welfare cuts – and are calling on Theresa May to ensure that her government’s actions reflect her words.
Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said:
“When Theresa May talked of a shared society, she highlighted the responsibilities we have to one another and the idea of a society with fairness at its heart.
“Unfortunately, the actions of the current UK Government undermine principles of fairness and solidarity.
“Where is the fairness is ensuring that benefit levels are so low that they trap people in poverty? Where is the fairness is having a so called living wage that has no relation to the actual cost of living?
“If Theresa May is serious about tackling injustice then she needs to start with her own government.
“For too long punitive welfare cuts have meant that children are not getting the best start in life, and that work is no longer a route of poverty. This has to change.
“The Poverty Alliance would welcome actions that support these warm words.”