18 Mar 2014

The governmenthas announced it will increase help with childcare costs for all families on Universal Credit to 85%, helping the lowest income working families 

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

'Today’s announcement on childcare and Universal Credit will make a huge difference to hundreds of thousands of the UK’s poorest families that are struggling to make work pay.

Help working families

'The Children’s Society has long been calling on the government to provide the poorest working families with at least 85% of their childcare costs, bringing them in line with other families already promised this level of support. 

'Making sure childcare is affordable to those who need it most is pivotal to making sure parents are not excluded from work by the prohibitive cost of childcare.

'While this move is extremely welcome, it is critical these families truly benefit from it. Greater assistance for these families must be the focus of tomorrow’s budget and the Autumn Statement. This must not be a case of ‘giving with one hand and taking with the other’.'

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Notes to editors

  • 3.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty today.
  • Six in 10 children living in poverty are in low-income working families. 
  • By 2020, an estimated three quarters of a million more children will be living in poverty than today according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • The Children’s Society is supporting the first-ever Children’s Commission on Poverty. On 21 February, 10 of the young commissioners met government officials from the Child Poverty Unit to raise their concerns over child poverty in the UK and action they want taken. The commissioners want the government to draw on children’s actual experience – and not just the statistics -- when developing measures to tackle child poverty. The Children’s Commission on Poverty is being supported by The Children’s Society and led by a panel of 16 children and teenagers from across England, ranging in age from 12 to 19. They are leading an 18-month investigation into child poverty in the UK. It provides a crucial platform for children to speak out about what poverty is really like and reveal, through their own eyes, the day-to-day challenges they face and what needs to be done. 
  • 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. Someone who acts on their behalf and can help guide them through the extremely complex system. These children deserve to be kept safe so they can recover from the trauma they have suffered and rebuild their lives.