Response to UK Budget 2015: ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’

23 March 2015

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget speech the Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, today said;

“The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children in Scotland and across the UK behind. 

“The claim that child poverty is down is only true if you ignore the impact of the Chancellor’s own massive benefit cuts. Official child poverty statistics for the years in which benefit levels were cut and the benefit cap and bedroom tax were introduced will be published only after the election, but we know that in Scotland alone the Chancellor’s tax and benefit decisions will lead to up to a 100 000 more children being pushed into poverty by 2020”. (based on modelling by the Institute for Fiscal Studies).

“UK Ministers have to face up to the reality that we’re on course for the biggest rise in child poverty in a generation and take urgent action. Families need politicians to prioritise support for parents through Child Benefit and to restore the cuts in tax credits and Universal Credit for the low paid. The increase in the personal tax allowance is expensive and poorly targeted. The same money channelled through tax credit and universal credit would do much more for the low paid.”