In response to the chancellor's spending review, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:
'Fairness and reform may be the watch words of this speech, but the country’s most disadvantaged children will continue to be hit hard by on-going cuts.
'The government’s own figures show that the poorest households will have lost nearly £1000 a year from their own pockets through cuts to public services and changes to tax and benefits.
'Disadvantaged children and families are set to pay the price for major cuts to local government funding and a new, seven-day "waiting period" for many new claimants moving on to Universal Credit.
'At the same time, the newly announced cap on welfare will shift the pain of rising rents from the government on to children and families.
'We welcome the government’s commitment to maintaining the introduction and extension of the disadvantaged two-year-old offer, an assurance that pupil premium funding will be maintained in real terms and the extension of the troubled families programme.
'Cuts must not be made now that will harm children’s lives and the country’s future.'
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Notes to editors
- 3.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty.
- Six in 10 children living in poverty are in low-income working families.
- 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.
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