Monthly Archives: July 2013

#YoungParents Should Read This

Life is a lottery and where you are born can mean everything…

The #DuchessofCambridge is in labour and the #RoyalBaby’s birth is imminent. The press are waiting with baited breath, “boy or girl, future king or queen?” What a life awaits this child. No financial concerns will dog its parents, no housing problems or school dinner money worries will keep them awake at night. A life without many of the problems facing parents in the UK today.

What about young parents? For them life can be tough on myriad levels. For those who lack the vital support of an extended family unit, parenthood can be even harder. Isolation can have a devastating effect on a young parent and create future problems for the children. In addition, young parents often face a barrage of criticism and judgement from the media who continue to stigmatise them in the press. Some may feel left out by their child-free peers who don’t have time for them anymore, as well as facing a future without a formal education – limiting future job prospects. Others slip into a life using drugs and alcohol to combat seclusion.

The list is endless, but there is hope.

No Limits run a project for young parents called Bright Beginnings. By working on an individual basis with young people we aim to extend our knowledge and experience of parenthood to those who need a little extra help and support. No Limits encourage young people who are pregnant or who have small children under two to maintain good relationships with people and build strong, positive connections with their children. The Bright Beginnings’ mentors are focused on building parenting confidence, encouraging and teaching the methods that will enable their children to flourish.

Young people will continue to have babies in the UK despite the customary sex education in schools and the rudimentary knowledge of how tough life can be as a parent. When it does happen though, instead of dismissing and condemning, we should continue to offer ways of improving an outcome which could be potentially disastrous long-term.

If you are a young parent who needs our help, please visit us at No Limits, 24A Bernard Street, Southampton, SO14 3AY or call 02380236237

If you would like to volunteer as a Bright Beginnings Mentor, get it touch – No Limits need you! If you would like to provide No Limits with much needed financial support to continue fundamental services then send £3 via TEXT to NLMO1.

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The #WorkingPoor in the UK: The devastating Facts

Conjure up an image of a poor family. What do you visualise? Jobless parent(s) watching TV all day, waking up at 2pm, drinking endless tea and smoking multiple cigarettes?

The truth will shock you.

Envisage getting up at 5am every day and walking 2 miles to work, which is doubly hard because of the late finish last night in your other job. Now imagine on payday after bills and rent are paid, there is no money left to feed your family.

This is the appalling reality of the working poor in this country in 2013.

66 per cent of children in absolute poverty come from working households in Great Britain. That means two out of three children who are poor have at least one working parent who cannot survive on the income they receive. The fragile position of these families means they face a relentless battle between hardship and absolute crisis, but still go to work everyday. Where is the justice in that?

Government claims that working is a way out of poverty is refuted by the dramatic rise in the number of working people who cannot live on their wages, which often just meet the National minimum wage of £6.19 per hour. This equates to more than 1.5 million children in the UK who live absolute poverty despite having at least one working parent.

Since the financial crisis began in 2008 the number of people in financial dire straights has risen dramatically. Cost of living, inflation and tax rises have amplified as wages and benefits have remained stunted. Now poverty figures are thought to be much higher in reality, as the devastating impact of bedroom tax, full time job cuts and other measures have not yet impacted on the government’s statistics. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the new council tax support (CTS) system coming into effect across England’s 326 local councils has resulted in a ten per cent drop in available funds to help people pay their council tax. On a frugal income the effect of this is devastating.

What can be done to alleviate the impending financial doom of many working people and their deprived children?

The Living Wage is a good start.

The Centre for Civil Society Limited is a subsidiary of Citizens UK Charity and is accountable for the programme in which any company or organisation can apply for the Living Wage Employer accreditation. The new Living Wage campaign aims to eradicate unfairly low pay by setting an hourly rate (done independently and updated annually). Companies and organisations can join, thus promoting the financial and overall well being of their employees.

The current Living Wage is £7.45 and £8.55 in London. Wage levels are calculated yearly by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University and in London by the Greater London Authority, which covers all boroughs in Greater London. Right now in Britain the minimum wage for adults over 21 is £6.19 soon to be increasing to £6.31 in October 2013.

No Limits promotes equality and fairness, so it was a natural step to apply to the organisation supporting living wages. Soon No Limits will be displaying the official logo of Living Wage on the website and will be legitimately affiliated with a company that promotes fair pay, extending to all employees who fall under the minimum threshold. We expect to see an increase in demand of our services for those young people afflicted by social deprivation and poverty in Southampton, as this disproportionate gap between pay and living costs continue to grow.

Do you believe in the fair pay of low-skilled jobs, so those working can afford to feed their families?

The long term economic effect on the country will be disastrous if this unbalanced pay is allowed to continue. Right now surprisingly the number of poverty-stricken people in work outstrips the number of poor out of work.

Working should be a way out poverty. Let’s make it happen.

Join the Living Wage campaign and promote fair pay in the UK.

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Read more about the Living Wage and our work at No Limits by visiting:

<a href=”http://www.nolimitshelp.org.uk/story/how-living-wage-could-fix-uk” target=”_blank”>http://www.nolimitshelp.org.uk/story/how-living-wage-could-fix-uk

http://www.livingwage.org.uk/

Max Willis

Marketing & Communications Intern

No Limits

24a Bernard Street

Southampton

Hampshire

SO14 3AY