The impact of the AME cap on child poverty

18 March 2014

A note prepared for CPAG by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University ahead of tomorrow’s budget vividly illustrates the effect of taxes and benefits on child poverty rates in the UK and across the EU27.

While child poverty is responsive to, and requires, many different types of policy intervention, the note shows that social security is an essential tool for reducing child poverty. In light of this, CPAG is concerned that the cap on social security that will be set tomorrow at the budget will tie to future governments' hands with respect to poverty reduction.