London,UK(RUSHPRNEWS)10/04/2008– The UK Autism Foundation marched with thousands of people and over 130 organisations calling on the Government to End Child Poverty. The march began at Millbank on Saturday 4th October and ended in Trafalgar Square. The Palace of Westminster and No 10 Downing Street was also on the route of the march organised by The Campaign to End Child Poverty. Joining thousands of adults and children were parents, carers, children and Adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Ivan Corea of the UK Autism Foundation met Lord Puttnam, UK President of UNICEF, Martin Nairey, Chair of the Campaign to End Child Poverty and others. The UK Autism Foundation supported the Campaign to End Child Poverty. Ivan Corea said: ‘This was a hugely successful march in terms of highlighting the needs of the poor. The UKAF was delighted to partner The Campaign to End Child Poverty in this march.
We are urging the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling to increase the tax credits and raise the disability living allowance and the carer’s allowance. There are so many familiesÂ with autism who are struggling as a result of the credit crunch. Many are below the poverty line. They desperately need help. The Government must come to the aid of the vulnerable,’ he said.
Of the 13,233,320 children in the UK, 5,559,000 – more than a third live in poverty. Prime Minister Gordon Brown met with representatives of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, he said:’I believe all those people who are campaigning to end child poverty are doing so because they believe that every child is special, every child is precious, every child is unique, every child deserves the best start in life and you cannot write off any child. Every child deserves the support of this generation.’
The UK Autism Foundation is committed to helping the poor – the charity is aiming to raise Â£10 million to build the first ever state-of-the-art AUTISM CENTRE in London, to build an AUTISM SCHOOL to service the needs of children with autism from Tower Hamlets to Redbridge and to build up a fund to give grants to the poor – for example grants for holidays and for independent assessments.
There are over 500,000 people with autism in the United Kingdom, according to UK re
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