Housing support cuts 'risk putting families into debt', says charity

By staff writers
2 Apr 2014

The Children's Society has made a strong response to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee report on housing support in the reformed welfare system.

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, commented: “This report shines a spotlight on the damage that some of the government’s changes to housing support are causing many of the UK’s poorest children and families.

“Cuts to support for families renting their home and changes to the way rents are paid, threaten to put families – many that are already struggling to provide their children with the basics – into debt and, in some cases, risk homelessness.

“The government must act on the committee’s recommendations, including by monitoring whether these changes cause families to lose their homes, and by giving families the option of having their rent paid direct to their landlord.

“A decent, affordable home is not a luxury, it is a necessity. The government must make sure that none of its policies denies any child this basic right,” Mr Reed said.

The Children's Society works with families from all backgrounds, but has its roots in church philanthropy.

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

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