CPAG responds to mooted child benefit cut
5th March 2015
Responding to reports that a three-child limit on child benefit is being considered, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:
“It’s astonishing that just as IFS reports show families have been hammered hardest by austerity cuts over this Parliament that plans that will inevitably impoverish even more children in the next Parliament are being discussed. The Government itself is absolutely clear that 99% of money given to parents in child benefit is money that does end up being spent on meeting the needs of children. (1) Taking away child benefit from families in this way would pick on children and punish siblings for circumstances beyond their control.
“Child Benefit has already lost 14% of its value over this Parliament, exposing working and non-working families to even greater hardship. Our Cost of a Child report last year showed child benefit covered 19% of the extra costs of meeting the basic needs of a child – it’s an amount that working and non-working families would struggle to do without.”
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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