Statement on benefit cap roll-out

15 July 2013

Commenting on the roll-out of a benefits cap across Great Britain Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

'The government are trying to use a blunt instrument to solve a complex problem.

'The debate around this cap has focused solely on workless adults, but the reality is that children are seven times more likely than adults to lose out. One hundred and forty thousand children, compared to 60,000 adults, will pay the price as parents have less to spend on food, clothing and rent. And almost half the adults affected will have children aged four or younger, and would find it extremely difficult to be in work, even if they could afford childcare which can cost as much as £100 per child per week.

'Families, especially in big cities where housing and childcare costs are at their highest, will have their lives disrupted as they are forced to find cheaper rents in other parts of the country. This will result in children having to leave behind their schools, friends and breaking vital support networks.

'We fully support efforts to make work pay. But it is not right to do this by putting more children on the breadline. Instead, the government should do more to help families by tackling the sky high rents in some parts of the UK and making childcare affordable.'

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