11 Jun 2012

Our statement in response to communities secretary Eric Pickles’ announcement on so-called ‘troubled’ families

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

'It’s encouraging the government is choosing to focus efforts on 120,000 vulnerable families. But the £450 million they have managed to pull together from different departmental budgets is just a drop in the ocean when compared to the billions of pounds being cut in support in tax credits, benefits and public services that are being taken away from these families. There are already warning signs that another £10 billion could be cut from the welfare budget in the next spending review.

'Without an urgent rethink, far from eradicating child poverty by 2020, over the coming years we are going to see hundreds of thousands more children falling into poverty. This can only lead to more families facing exactly the kind of vulnerabilities the government is trying to address with its Troubled Families Initiative.'

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