Response to Chancellor's speech on welfare

06 January 2014

'The Chancellor is right -- this is a year of hard truths. Top of the list is the fact that children and families have been the hardest hit by welfare spending cuts since 2010.  On top of a raft of cuts, the government’s decision to limit benefit increases to just one per cent for three years, will make life tougher for 11.5 million children.

'Further cuts to welfare spending in the next parliament could pile further pain on families struggling to put food on the table and keep their children warm. When considering plans for future public spending, the government does have a choice for 2014 -- to make sure that no child is made to pay the price for further cuts,' Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society said.

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