Today, the Government will announce £12bn in cuts from the welfare budget. A cut to child tax credits, a vital form of support that helps families in the transition to work and lifts them out of poverty, is among the possible cuts.
An investigation by The Children’s Society and the National Children's Bureau reveals that Government funding to help children and young people before their problems spiral out of control has been cut by more than half.
Whilst there are many factors that contribute to families falling into and becoming trapped in poverty, the ability to maintain a reasonable standard of living and afford essentials is at the heart of the matter.
We worked with over 34,000 vulnerable children through our direct services in 2014/15, while policy changes we influenced bring life-changing support to more than 1.8 million children and young people.