CPAG responds to Iain Duncan Smith speech on welfare reform

January 23, 2014

Responding to today’s speech by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to giving claimants the greater flexibility they need to enter work whilst keeping more of their earnings and not having housing support or tax credits thrown into chaos. But Ministers must also recognise that as well as genuine reform of the social security system, what’s needed are living wage jobs, affordable childcare and affordable homes for all families.

“It’s encouraging to have had three big speeches from senior politicians across the political divide on economic justice and social security in just one week. We urge all the parties to keep making economic and social justice a top priority for next year’s election and to compete to outdo each other in their commitment to the services, social security and economic justice needed to give all children fair life chances.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • 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.

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