Family Goups -Grandparents: Grandparents caring in poverty
We would be acting less than our Honorary Patron
Sir Bob Geldof's aims to rid the world of child poverty, if
we did not speak out in a civilised society such as ours,
on the poverty of our own children.
To comply with the UN Convention on Children,
26&27 which UK signed in 2000, the authorities must make
sure children are being properly cared for. This is not happening,
Grandparents are officially caring for grandchildren without
help or assistance, some only on pension, trying to keep their
grandchildren in a home environment, it appears the authorities
would rather remove the children in these circumstances than
pay needy grandparents a carers allowance.
It is double standards, Grandparents are regarded
as irrelevant people on the one hand, but if they say nothing,
are used as unpaid Foster Carers and live in fear of losing
what contact they do have, When Jimmy Deuchars of Grandparents
Apart Self Help Group Scotland asked both authorities about
their standing on this matter there answer was.
The Scottish Executive claims it is the local
authority's decision to pay or not, and the payment should
not be far off Foster allowance.
Glasgow Local Authority's says, pay with what?
It has to come from the Executive.
Meanwhile children and Grandparents go on living
in poverty in our country while they pass the buck to each
We asked Children 1st if this could be child
neglect, they answered quoting Articles 26 and 27 of The United
Nations Convention on Children. We took that as an affirmative
answer, otherwise they would have said no.
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