Child Poverty Action Group criticises child benefit cut

September 22, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has criticised Labour's decision to cut child benefit for families who have already born the brunt of austerity. The benefit has already lost 14% of its real value in this parliament.

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has criticised Labour’s decision to continue to uprate child benefit at a sub-inflation rate until 2016/17. Commenting today, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: 

“The Shadow Chancellor may plan to re-peg child benefit to inflation in the long run but it’s a bitter disappointment to learn that hard-pressed families must take another blow in the short term. Families with children have borne the brunt of austerity - child benefit will have lost 14% of its value over the course of this parliament. (1)

Another two years of lost value will mean families will be £190 a year worse off for their first child and £125 for any subsequent children by 2016/17. We look forward to seeing the Shadow Chancellor’s plan for following through on his commitment to reducing child poverty in future.”


Notes to Editors

  • If child benefit is uprated by a sub-inflation rate of 1% until 2016/17, the benefit would have lost 18% of its real value since 2010.

  • 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 coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.

For further information please contact:

Jane Ahrends

CPAG Press and Campaigns Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302