Open letter calls on Prime Minster to reconsider child benefit cuts

A group of organisations representing women, mothers and working families has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to reconsider the three year freeze of child benefit and the clawback of the benefit for families with a higher rate taxpayer. The organisations are also backing CPAG's Save Child Benefit campaign.

Reg Bailey, Chief Executive from the Mothers Union, said:

“Mothers’ Union urges the government not to penalise families by freezing child benefit and to remember that it is always the most vulnerable and poorest children that suffer the most. They are our future and we must ensure their wellbeing as a basic human right.”

Rosalind Bragg, Director of Maternity Action, said:

“Mothers are carrying an increasing burden from the economic downturn and public sector cuts. Reducing access to Child Benefit will exacerbate an already difficult situation.”

Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive, Working Families, said:

“Working Families believes Child Benefit should remain a universal payment. It is simple, effective, recognises that all families with children have higher costs than those without, and sends a clear message about the value society places on our children. We call on the Government to reconsider their proposals to claw back child benefit and to lift the three year freeze.”

Diane Elson, Chair of the Women’s Budget Group, said:

“In the run-up to the Budget, we are sending a clear message to the Prime Minister and the government as a whole. Child benefit is vital not just for children but also for women. It acts like a tax allowance to balance the amount of tax paid between those with children and those without. It should be maintained for all and increased in line with inflation, like other tax allowances and benefits.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

  •  A full copy of the letter is linked to in the right hand column of this page.
  • For more information on Women's Budget Group, visit: www.wbg.org