A Problem Shared: Is Our Area Not Deprived Enough For Services?


A Problem Shared Money News Parenting & Family Advice Rights & Responsibilities | by | 2nd Oct 2019

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Why do some people seem to get more just because of their address? A reader has contacted because he’s fed up of his child not getting the same access to services as other people because of the postcode lottery. Take a look at the advice we had to offer in this week’s A Problem Shared.

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Dear FamilyPoint,

I think Flying Start is great for some children. Just because I live in Glyncoed, which is not classed as a deprived area, my daughter gets turned away from all the social activities that they offer even though I’m willing to pay for her to go to these classes. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Glyncoed or Ebbw Vale itself, but the whole town is deprived. I work the same job as my mate, my housing situation is exactly the same but because he lives in a “deprived area” his child gets to go swimming for free, baby massage for free, play group for free. This infuriates me. Even though I’m willing to pay my daughter still gets refused entry.

FamilyPoint Advice

Hi there, 

Thanks for coming through to us here at Family Point. I can sense your frustration. Clearly you want the best opportunities for your daughter, which is understandable. 

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Tell the right people

As you have said, Flying Start is an excellent opportunity for children. Sadly, your daughter does not qualify as eligibility is based upon your postcode. It’s your right to raise your concern/dissatisfaction with this situation. You could contact your local MP, AM or of course the Welsh Assembly Government itself. 

Your local MP is Nick Smith. You can get in touch with him here.

Your local AM is Alun Davies. You’ll find his contact details if you click here.

If you want to raise your concern with the government itself then click here to go to the correct page on the National Assembly for Wales website. 

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Other things to do

In the meantime, although your daughter might not be able to take part in any Flying Start activities, there are lots of other things to do for children in Blaenau Gwent. Below are links that you can take a look at. Everything listed might not be suitable for your daughter, but there might be things there that you didn’t know existed or hadn’t considered before. I hope they are of help. 

Take care,

The Family Point team

FamilyPoint Helpline

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