11 Aug 2015

Responding to reports that the Government is considering removing tax credits from British 18-21-year-olds to enable it to introduce a four-year restriction on tax credits for EU migrants, Sam Royston, Policy Director at The Children’s Society, said:

“We are very concerned about reports that the Government’s intention to restrict in-work support for recent EU migrants – itself a detrimental proposal – could inadvertently lead to thousands more struggling working families and disabled young people having their support withdrawn as well. This could cut the income of some young families in half.

“Young parents with children, as well as young disabled people, rely on support through tax credits when working to make ends meet and provide the very basics. Tax credits also provide key support with childcare costs. Cutting support for 18-21-year-olds would therefore make it much harder for young parents to move into work.”

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Notes to editors

- Workers aged 18-20 earning the National Minimum Wage’s Youth Development Rate of £5.13, and working 30 hours a week, could see their income halved if they lost their tax credits.
- The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local projects, 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.