Budget gives 'little hope to struggling families hit by sweeping cuts'

By staff writers
March 20, 2013

The 2013 budget "gives little hope to struggling families already hit by sweeping cuts," say Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of the Children’s Society.

Of the £950 million the government has announced it will provide for additional support with child care, only £200 million will go to the country’s low to middle income families receiving help through Tax Credits or Universal Credit.

The full details of childcare support for families on this support is yet to be announced. Meanwhile, 3.6 million children in the UK are living in poverty, with six out of ten located in low-income working families.

The Children's Society report The parent trap: Childcare cuts under universal credit documents the full extent of the problem.

"Children are largely absent from this budget," says Mr Reed. "If the government is committed to creating an 'aspiration nation' then it must invest in this country’s children."

He continues: "It is good news that health and education budgets are being protected. But we are very concerned that childcare changes will fail to help families most in need of support.

“Proposals to limit the flexibility of welfare expenditure increases the risk that families will find it harder to provide even the very basics for their children. The government must do much more to help low income families."

The government’s proposals are to spend £750 million to cover up to 20 per cent of childcare costs for households not receiving Universal Credit and with no one in the household earning more than £150,000. This will be introduced from 2015.

The Children’s Society, a church-based charity that works with all, irrespective of creed, "wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy."

"We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including 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. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life," the respected NGO says.

* The parent trap: Childcare cuts under universal credit (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat report) - http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/the-parent-tr...

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