The Children's Society's response to the Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission’s report

17 October 2013

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

'This welcome report sends yet another strong signal to the government that much more needs to be done to help hard working families who are struggling on low incomes. 

'We know from our work with families up and down the country, that they are being forced to make harsh choices between heating their home and putting food on the table for their children. Rocketing fuel and food prices are outstripping pay as the minimum wage hits its lowest point for a decade this month. 

'It is vital the government does more to make work pay and follows the Commission’s call to improve minimum wages and increase child care support for the most disadvantaged 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.
  • The government has admitted that its welfare benefits up-rating cap will push 200,000 children into poverty – including 100,000 children in working families.
  • The value of the National Minimum Wage has fallen by 50p since 2010. The Children’s Society analysis shows that the minimum wage is now at its lowest value in the last decade.    
  • The government has announced additional support for families with children on Universal Credit from 2016 – taking childcare support from 70% to 85% of childcare costs. However, the poorest working families – those with one or more parents earning less than the personal allowance threshold for income tax, will miss out on this extra help.
  • 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.