Benefit cap will tip more children into poverty

September 28, 2014

Responding today to reports that the Government is planning to impose a more severe benefit cap of £23,000 pa per household, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“This is likely to increase the headcount of children in poverty in working and non-working families, a move that would surely fail any credible family test. It would also bypass the root causes of higher social security spending which include soaring childcare and housing costs and low pay. Politicians from all parties need to tackle these root problems as a priority rather than ripping away money from families who are struggling every day to pay for absolute basics. "

Couples with two children aged over 14 would hit the poverty line at £24,338 pa, those with three children under 14 at £23,458 (in 2015-16).

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Notes to Editors

(1) Estimated relative poverty lines 2015/16 (2012/13 poverty lines uprated with average earning forecasts). Source data: HBAI 2012/13; OBR Economic and Fiscal Outlook March 2014.

(2) The Department for Work & Pension's impact assessment on its original benefit cap reported that children were nine times more likely to be affected by it than adults.

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