Budget leaves poorest families abandoned on the frontline of austerity

20 March 2013

The Chancellor described it as a budget for families looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but CPAG believes most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful.

The increase to the personal tax allowance mainly helps higher earners - the lowest paid see it tapered back again at 85p in the pound through Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

There is nothing in the budget that could reasonably be hoped to change expectations that absolute child poverty will increase by 600,000 between 2010 and 2015 due to the Coalition putting children and families in the frontline of austerity.

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