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17 Mar 2011

Economic woes 'hit child happiness'

Job losses and parental anxiety about the economy are likely to have a major impact on children’s happiness, a charity has warned.

Children in households reporting a drop in income over the past year were more than twice as likely to experience low levels of happiness as those in homes where income had risen, research for the Children’s Society has shown.

Of those in households where income increased, 7% reported low levels of well-being, as opposed to 15% in households where income had fallen. Where income had not changed, 10% reported low levels of happiness.

Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of the Children’s Society, said: “The findings are deeply concerning for everybody who has the interests of Britain’s children at heart. As the spending cuts take hold, the well-being of our children is under threat. The consequences are likely to hit the most vulnerable children hardest.

“We fear that they will pay a life-long economic and social price for current political decisions. It is vital that when local and national government make cuts that affect our children’s lives, well-being must be prioritised, not forgotten.”

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