After six months at uni (and bear in mind this was in the pre-£9,000 a year tuition fees era), my friend came to me and asked me how she could save money as she was completely skint, couldn't find paid work (she had been volunteering) and didn't want to live up to the cliché of the student who is bailed out by their parents whenever the going gets tough.
Barnardo's believes that the scandal of child poverty in this country will only be tackled when action is taken to improve both the income and the access to services that the poorest families have. We know that money matters to the poorest families - especially when rising living costs, stagnating wages, a weak labour market and spending cuts are placing more pressure on them than ever before. Many families in poverty in the UK live on just £12 per person per day after housing costs. That £12 has to stretch to cover everything: food, electricity, water, gas, bus fares.