15 Sep 2015

Responding to the Government’s tax credit reductions, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

'Today’s decision is a direct attack on working families. The Government’s cut to vital tax credits will affect only working families and will hit millions of children as their families lose more than £1,000 a year.

'Tax credits are vital for low-income working families struggling to make ends meet so they can give their children the basics. In a single stroke, the Government has both reduced vital financial support for families and undermined the financial incentives families have to move into work or earn more.

'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 — not push children deeper into poverty.'

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Notes to editors:

  • Today’s decision will affect at least 2.4 million children in 1.3 million families.
  • 3.7 million children are living in poverty according to the latest Household Below Average Income figures with 200,000 more children living in severe poverty and more children living in low income working households (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-19941995-to-20132014 )
  • 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, volunteer with us, and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.