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Government urged to "stop ignoring children".

Government urged to "stop ignoring children".

More than 120 children's organisations have united to urge the government to stop "ignoring children" and to put them at the heart of spending plans.

They have written to the prime minister and the chancellor, asking them to recognise that support services are "at breaking point".

Representatives of those working in health, education, social care, poverty and disability backed the letter.

Ministers said extra cash was easing pressure on services and schools.

The coalition has timed its impassioned plea to coincide with the chancellor's Budget preparations and comes just weeks after Theresa May declared the end of austerity was in sight.

    

Head teachers and council leaders have long campaigned for extra investment as their budgets for education and children's services have faced a double whammy from rising costs and spiralling demand.

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