8 Oct 2012

Responding to today’s proposals from the chancellor for a further £10bn cut in welfare spending - on top of the £18bn of cuts the government has already identified - Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

'The government has previously made a welcome commitment to protecting the most vulnerable in society. So the chancellor needs to level with the British public about what a further drastic cut in welfare payments will mean for children and families, and who will be affected.

'More than half of children in poverty are in working families'

'The truth is that the majority of families that receive welfare support are working families. And more than half of children living in poverty are in working families. These families will have to lose out too if the government is to fund cuts to the welfare bill of this magnitude.

'We’ve heard a lot today about out-of-work parents, but the reality is that millions of children in low- and middle-income working families benefit from welfare support. These families need this support to give their children a decent start in life. Not so they can have a life of luxury.

'If the government is determined to make these cuts, then the public deserves to know how it will affect millions of families across the country.'

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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.