Our statement on the pending welfare benefits up-rating bill

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08 January 2013

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

'If this bill is passed, it will make it much harder for millions of children and families across the country to make ends meet. Recent cuts have already forced huge numbers of families to tighten their belt. Many more will struggle to pay for food, heat their homes, and provide other basics for their children as they find it increasingly difficult to keep up with rising prices.

'From a nurse with two children losing £424 a year by 2015, to the army second lieutenant with three children losing £552 a year, this will hit children and families from all walks of life.

'The government needs urgently to reconsider this bill. Failure to make sure that benefit rates at the very least reflect rises in the cost of living will deepen inequality and increase poverty.'

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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.
  • Major changes to the welfare system, including localisation of council tax benefit and the introduction of a benefit cap for out-of-work households are already planned to be introduced next year.  Many of the changes will have a substantial impact on the support available for children and 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.