Latest official analysis ”paints distressing picture” of how UK welfare reforms are pushing children into poverty

October 2, 2018

For immediate release 1 October 2018

Campaigners say it is “now critical that UK Ministers end the freeze on the uprating of family benefits”

Responding to the publication today (01/10/18), of official Scottish Government analysis on the impact of welfare reform John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

"This latest official analysis from the Scottish Government on the impact of welfare reform paints a distressing but very recognisable picture of how low income families are being hit by UK welfare reforms. Our own analysis suggests that up to one million children across the UK are being pushed into poverty (see note below) as a result of welfare reforms and our case evidence already shows that the roll out of universal credit is too often causing real hardship to families as a result of administrative errors, design flaws and massive cuts that have eroded its value.

“In the light of this evidence it is now critical that UK Ministers end the freeze on the uprating of family benefits. We know that across the UK this alone would reduce the number of children in poverty by 300 000. But the UK government must go further and end the two child policy and restore work allowances in universal credit to allow working parents to keep more of their incomes as their earnings increase.”

Mr Dickie continued;

“This analysis also highlights why the Scottish Government’s commitment to introducing an income supplement for families is so important. Given the scale of the cuts children are facing there can be no time lost in delivering a meaningful and effective boost to the incomes of families across Scotland, both where parents are in and out of work.”

ENDS

For more information contact John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, jdickie@cpagscotland.org.uk  / 0141 552 3656 or 07795 340 618

Notes

The Child Poverty Action Group are leading experts on social security. We provide social security training, handbooks, information resources and casework support that are used by thousands of advice workers and other frontline professionals across Scotland and the rest of the UK, helping ensure low income families receive the financial support they are entitled to

Child Poverty Action Group works on behalf of the one in four children in Scotland growing up in poverty. It doesn’t have to be like this. We use our understanding of what causes poverty and the impact it has on children’s lives to campaign for policies that will prevent and solve poverty – for good. We are leading expert providers of second tier social security advice, information and training.

The Scottish Government report published today 01/10/18 can be found here; annual report on welfare reform 2018 and https://news.gov.scot/news/uk-welfare-cuts-pushing-more-families-into-poverty

CPAG analysis with IPPR suggest a million children will be pushed into poverty but cuts to universal credit alone. See

http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/austerity-generation-promise-greater-rewards-work-broken-under-universal-credit-families-chi