In response to today’s Autumn Statement, the Campaign Coordinator for End Child Poverty, Tim Nichols, said:
"The members of the Campaign to End Child Poverty are completely dismayed that the government has dropped a promise to stop child poverty rising. The government now admits there will be 100,000 more children in poverty due to its cuts. It has scrapped an increase in child tax credit that was intended to stop child poverty rising and now admits other cuts will affect child poverty more too.
"We were told that we are all in this together and that the broadest shoulders will take the greatest burden. That has not happened today and the poorest families, whether in work or out of work, have been told they will get poorer. It is hard to comprehend why it's the poorest families being hit again."
Notes to editors
The End Child Poverty campaign is made up of more than 150 organisations from civic society including children’s charities, child welfare organisations, social justice groups, faith groups, trade unions and others, united in our vision of a UK free of child poverty. For a full list of members, visit www.endchildpoverty.org.uk
We campaign to achieve our vision by:
For more details, see page 6: http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/as2011_distributional_analysis.pdf
Tim Nichols (020 7812 5216 or 07812 5216) firstname.lastname@example.org