Benefits freeze must end, says Child Poverty Action Group

By agency reporter
June 13, 2017

As inflation jumps to 2.9 per cent - a four-year high – Child Poverty Action Group is warning that an urgent rethink of the current four-year freeze in benefits is needed, to protect struggling families from further damage.

Chief Executive of the charity Alison Garnham said, "Unless there’s an urgent rethink of the current freeze on benefits, the living standards of ordinary families will slip and slide downwards with serious consequences, particularly for children. Families are saying they can’t manage. They need some leeway. Now is the time to ensure that benefits for working and non-working families once again reflect their needs and so rise with inflation.

“The failure to uprate benefits in line with inflation is the single biggest driver behind child poverty rising to 4 million, and why it’s set to rise to over 5 million by the end of the new parliament.”

The Institute for Fiscal Studies briefing document, Impact of tax and benefit reforms on household incomes, can be found here 

*Child Poverty Action Group http://www.cpag.org.uk/

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