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(London, UK) The biggest ever event to End Child Poverty takes place in London this Saturday, 4th October, with thousands expected to participate in a march from Millbank via Westminster to Trafalgar Square.

According to the latest statistics from the End Child Poverty Campaign – 1 in 3 children are in poverty. They say 5.5 million children are in families that are classed as “struggling” – 98% of children in some areas.

Campaigners are staging the ‘Keep The Promise’ event on Saturday urging the Government to keep to their promises on eradicating poverty.

Over 130 UK organisations, including the UK Autism Foundation, are supporting the End Child Poverty march.

Supporting the campaign is Ivan Corea of the UK Autism Foundation who said: ‘The credit crunch is devastating families with autism. Many are faced with increased food bills, fuel bills, some face re-possessions. We are urging the Government to step in and help the vulnerable and the marginalised financially….this must include an increase in tax credits, the disability living allowance and the carer’s allowance.’

The UKAF’s appeal is also supported by the highly influential Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green in the House of Lords. Lady Uddin has campaigned for over a decade on child poverty and minority ethnic communities in the United Kingdom, especially in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The UK Autism Foundation has just released a newsletter highlighting ‘Autism and the Credit Crunch.’ The charity calls on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to help families with autism who are below the poverty line – the suffering is very real, according to UK autism campaigners and they are appealing urgent help. The UK Autism Foundation has announced plans to build the first ever state-of-the-art Autism Centre in London – based in the London Borough of Redbridge, build an Autism School to service the needs of children and young people with autism across East London from Tower Hamlets to Redbridge and to reach out to the poor – the charity hopes to build a fund in order to help the poor.

The charity is urging companies, entreprenuers and organisations to partner with them in the ‘vision for autism’ they have set up a target of £10 million in order to make the vision a reality. Supporting the UKAF is Lee Scott MP who is championing the cause of autism in the House of Commons, Scott is a member of the powerful House of Commons Select Committee on Health – he has accepted the position of Patron of the UK Autism Foundation and has pledged to support this work.

Parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome are expected at the event on Saturday. People are meeting at Millbank, near Lambeth Bridge at 11 30 am on Saturday 4th October followed by a march through Westminster to Trafalgar Square. Family fun will follow at 1400 with speakers at Trafalgar Square. The Children’s Society celebrity campaigner Sophie Ellis Bextor will be among them.

For further particulars please see the organiser’s website:
http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/promises

For the UK Autism Foundation website:
http://www.ukautismfoundation.org

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