Lots of you have been voicing your thoughts on our ITV News Facebook page. Here are just some of your comments:
– Liisa Manduzeh, Facebook
I used to have a good job until I became very ill and had to leave. I have since been on benefits whilst recovering and therefore went back to college to retrain. I am grateful that we have a benefit system that is there to support people in times of need not for people to live on all their lives. I'm not one of the lucky ones. We are poor. We can not afford lots of things and there are plenty of times when my purse is completely empty. But my children are lucky because we make sure that the money that we receive for them is spent only on them. Compared to other countries we are indeed lucky.
– Zoe Oxley. Facebook
Finally, a charity that's actually doing something to tackle issues in this Country. Although, (and this is only my personal opinion) this might sound terribly old fashioned, but I am a 34 year old mother of one (& due to have another one in 5 weeks), and I (& my husband) have been brought up to believe that if you can't afford something, you don't have it. Having a child in this day and age is a privilege, not a right. If you can't afford to have a child, you don't have one.
– Gordon Macdonald, Facebook
It amazes me how many are more concerned with poverty elsewhere, poverty is relative to where you live 3rd world country 3rd world poverty, 1st world country 1st world poverty...it's disgusting abhorant that this country and some of it's population turn a blind eye to whats going on, no family in the 4th richest country in the world should have to live on handouts or food banks...low wages high prices are driving decent families to despair, this sad mealy mouthed little island needs a shake up, we are so concerned with others yet ignore our own.