27 Oct 2015

Responding to the House of Lords vote to delay changes to child tax credits, Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research at The Children’s Society, said:

“We welcome the Lords’ decision to delay the passage of cuts to tax credits and give the Government an opportunity to reconsider its approach. We urge the Government to rethink its damaging approach to tax credit changes before children are made to pay a heavy price. 

“In the run up to the election, the Prime Minister promised he would not cut child tax credits, but these regulations, if they go ahead, would do just that. Cutting families’ income in this way – by more than £1,000 a year in many cases – would damage children’s lives, as well as undermine incentives for parents to move into work or earn more.  

“It is now clear that children would be the biggest losers as a result of these changes, with around 4.5 million affected.

“If the Government is serious about being the champion of hard-working families, as it claims to be, it must make sure that work always pays — and not push children in working families into poverty.”

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Notes to editors

· The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.