Budget fails Scotland’s poorest children

March 24, 2010

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget Statement, John Dickie, Head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said:

“Today’s Budget fails Scotland’s poorest children, as it does children across the UK. The extra investment in Child Tax Credit for infants from 2012 is welcome but is a tip toe rather than the stride needed to end child poverty by 2020.

“The Budget confirms that the Government will miss its 2010 target of halving child poverty across the UK by a likely 600,000 children. Shamefully the Government is no closer to hitting its own child poverty targets than it was yesterday.

“Every other Budget this decade will need to provide far more for families if the 2020 target to eradicate child poverty is to be met and the promise to children in Scotland and across the UK kept.”

Notes for editors
  • The Chancellor said today: “Many families have seen their income squeezed… but I believe government have the responsibility to act”.
  • There is no new investment for the poorest families until two years from now when a small increase in child tax credit will go to families with infants of one and two years old. This is a total annual invest from 2012 of around £180 million.
  • CPAG’s Budget briefing was distributed two days ago and includes full details of the Budget asks we made. Please contact us to be sent another copy if needed.
  • Child Poverty Action Group’s manifesto, published in March 2009, can be found at: www.cpag.org.uk/manifesto
  • CPAG is one of over 150 member organisations of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goals of halving child poverty by 2010 and ending child poverty by 2020 are met.
  • Poverty the Facts For up-to-date background facts and stats on UK poverty, visit: www.cpag.org.uk/content/child-poverty-facts-and-figures/

For further information please contact:

John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland, on 0141 552 3656 or 07795 340 61802