September 28, 2014
Responding today to reports that the Government is planning to impose a more severe benefit cap of £23,000 pa per household, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:
“This is likely to increase the headcount of children in poverty in working and non-working families, a move that would surely fail any credible family test. It would also bypass the root causes of higher social security spending which include soaring childcare and housing costs and low pay. Politicians from all parties need to tackle these root problems as a priority rather than ripping away money from families who are struggling every day to pay for absolute basics. "