20 Mar 2013

Budget - stacked coinsFollowing the Chancellor's statement, we're asking for more to be done to help low income families and children. 

Matthew Reed, our Chief Executive, said:

'Children are largely absent from this budget. It gives little hope to struggling families already hit by sweeping cuts. 

'If the government is committed to creating an 'aspiration nation' then it must invest in this country’s children.

'While the announcement that health and school budgets are being protected is good news, we are very concerned that childcare changes will fail to help families most in need of support. 

'Proposals to limit the flexibility of welfare expenditure increases the risk that families will find it harder to provide even the very basics for their children. The government must do much more to help low income families.'

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Notes to editors

  • 3.6 million children in the UK are living in poverty.
  • Six in 10 children living in poverty are in low-income working families.
  • Of the £950 million the government has announced it will provide for additional support with child care, only £200 million will go to the country’s low to middle income families receiving help through Tax Credits or Universal Credit. The full details of childcare support for families on this support is yet to be announced.
  • The government’s proposals are to spend £750 million to cover up to 20% of childcare costs for households not receiving Universal Credit and with no one in the household earning more than £150,000. This will be introduced from 2015.
  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.