22 Sep 2014

In response to the Labour Party’s announcement that it would cap Child Benefit rises at 1%, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

'Labour's announcement on plans to cap child benefit comes after repeated squeezes on this bedrock of the family budget. It represents a major real-term cut in support to 13 million children. 

'Policy is about making choices and the shadow chancellor has made a choice — to look for savings by cutting help for children.

'Child benefit has already been frozen from 2010, and then increased by just 1% this year falling well below rising prices. Now this proposal would compound that loss, seeing average families facing a £400 cut in child benefit per year by 2017. 

'We urge the shadow chancellor to reconsider so that children and their already struggling families do not suffer even more unnecessary hardship.' 

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Notes to editors

  • 3.7 million children in the UK are living in poverty today (source: Households below average income (HBAI) statistics).
  • Six in 10 children living in poverty are in low-income working families (source: HBAI statistics).
  • 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. 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 has helped change children’s stories for over a century. We expose injustice and address hard truths, tackling child poverty and neglect head-on. We fight for change based on the experiences of every child we work with and the solid evidence we gather. Through our campaigning, commitment and care, we are determined to give every child in this country the greatest possible chance in life.