Parents are having to cut back on food or heating their homes as a result of Government decisions not to increase children’s benefits in line with the cost of living.
Short Changed: The true cost of cuts to children’s benefits
Research by the End Child Poverty coalition has found that failure to increase Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit in line with the cost of living over the past three years, has caused one in five families across the country to struggle to provide their children with the basics. The majority of these children are in low-income working families.
- Read the full report: PDF_Short_Changed_fullreport
End Child Poverty is calling on the Government to take urgent action to make sure families who are struggling to make ends meet can give their children the basics, by giving children’s benefits the same ‘triple lock’ protection that is provided for the basic state pension.
Under a ‘triple lock’ – which would make sure that these key benefits either rise in line with prices, earnings, or by 2.5%, or whichever is the highest – 310,000 fewer children will be living in absolute poverty by 2020 than under the Government’s current policy.
The research includes full regional and constituency statistics on how decisions not to increase children’s benefits in line with the cost of living has impacted on families.