I echo the sentiment expressed in Early Day Motion 1870 regarding the fantastic charitable works conducted by The Family Fund. This is the UK’s largest charity that provides grants and services to seriously ill and disabled children across the United Kingdom. It is wonderful that The Family Fund helps so many people in desperate need of support, helping 88,407 families with over £34 million of funding.

However, in some ways it is regrettable that The Family Fund needs to exist, despite its brilliant contribution. Recipients of The Family Fund are the victims of a Government that does not value its most vulnerable citizens. They are victims of poverty, social alienation and governmental disinterest. With the renewed hostility of the benefits system, it is harder than ever for disabled people, low-income families and single parents to access the support they need to live full, happy and independent lives. The Family Fund helps to fill the gaps left by a Government that follows an economic policy of needless, ideological austerity, as recently highlighted and condemned by the United Nations.

I am committed to holding this Conservative Government to task for its failings, and I will ceaselessly campaign to alleviate poverty and restore dignity to those who were not born with privilege. At the same time, I have profound admiration for The Family Fund and warmly welcome their tireless efforts to help the most vulnerable in society.

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