20,000 children to be pushed into poverty by child benefit cut

March 20, 2012

New research by Child Poverty Action Group, shows that the cliff that will be created by the government’s plans for child benefit will push households with 20,000 children into net incomes comparable to poverty.

The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“We used the government’s own data to discover that 20,000 children are in households that will be pushed into net incomes comparable to poverty by the policy. On typical mortgages some of these families will have less than £10 a day per family member for all their food, clothes, transport, energy bills and other outgoings, which is comparable to families currently below the poverty line.

“It’s a strange contradiction that Ministers believe many of these families still need extra support from child tax credit, but don’t need their child benefit any more. It shows how poorly considered the idea was before it was rushed out.

"We agree with the public that high earners should make a fair contribution to deficit reduction, but the child benefit cut is fundamentally flawed. It should be scrapped in favour of a policy with no cliff-edges that ensures all higher earners contribute, rather than targeting the whole burden only on those with children."

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Notes to Editors

• The research document is attached to the email distribution of this release.

• For up-to-date background facts and stats on UK poverty, visit: http://www.cpag.org.uk/povertyfacts/index.htm

• CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.

• CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty, which has over 150 member organisations and is campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.