Government challenged by Children's Society on disability and families

By staff writers
31 Jan 2012

The Children's Society has issued a statement following the government's latest defeat in the House of Lords - this time on cuts effecting disabled children - in the Welfare Reform Bill.

Enver Solomon, policy director at the Children's Society, commented: "The Lords have shown their support for disabled children and sent a strong message to the government not to remove this vital lifeline."

Solomon continued: "The Lords have voted to prevent cuts of up to £1,400 for as many as 100,000 disabled children each year. This could have a massive impact on day-to-day living for families with disabled children, including buying essentials like food and clothes."

"Our analysis shows that 40 per cent of disabled children live in poverty, a far higher proportion than other children. Poverty from an early age could have a devastating effect on the lives of so many disabled children," said the Children's Society spokesperson.

"Their well-being is of vital importance and the Lords have shown their commitment to that by defeating the government," said Solomon.

Attention now turns to the House of Commons, where MPs debate and vote on the Bill as a whole on 1 February. The government has indicated that it will seek to delete all seven amendments passed by the Lords, ignoring the pleas of charities, churches, community organisations and tens of thousands of vulnerable people.

The Children's Society's full report on the Welfare Reform Bill and its implications can be found here (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat file): http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/4_in_10_repor...

The Children's Society is a children's charity which wants to create "a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy." CS says: "We are [a] Christian charity committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including safeguarding children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers."

* The Children's Society - http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/

* Spartacus Report (#spartacusreport) - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/spartacusreport

* Pat's Petition (Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families): http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968

* 38 Degrees action in disability and welfare cuts - http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/speakout/cuts-to-support-email-mp

* Church Action on Poverty lobby of MPs: http://www.church-poverty.org.uk/its-time-to-close-the-gap/wrbaction/

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