We had a number of MPs and Peers present at and attend the launch of our Feeling the pinch campaign.
We’re grateful for the support of a number of prominent MPs and Peers:
Neil Gray MP, SNP spokesperson for Fair Work and Employment and Vice-Chair of the APPG on Poverty, said:
“For many, January can be a tough month but for people who are struggling to make ends meet it is even harder as they have little option but to watch as the cost of everyday essentials soars but benefits and incomes remain frozen.
“The Tories’ four year freeze on working-age benefits, including child tax credits, working tax credits and Jobseeker’s Allowance, means that families could lose around 12% of their financial support by 2020 – with the incomes of women and disabled people being hit disproportionately.
“And the best deals on basic services like metered energy are often unavailable to people on low incomes because they cannot take advantage of pay in advance or direct debit deals – which has been named the “poverty premium”.
“It is absolutely imperative that the UK Government end the freeze on benefits as only by reversing this punitive freeze and working with businesses to tackle the “poverty premium” can we really take a step forward in eliminating poverty.”
Dan Jarvis MP for Barnsley Central:
“With four million children growing up in poverty, this report should serve as a wake-up call for the Government.
It highlights the pressures families face as costs of living rise. This is likely to leave a family with two children worse off by £2,800 a year.
The report rightly calls for an end to the “poverty premium.” It is not acceptable that the poor pay more for everyday essentials.
It strengthens the case for a target to reduce child poverty and the bill that I am introducing to Parliament will seek a cross-party consensus to achieve that.”