Editorial: Poverty 151
As the election recedes into the distance, the new government is setting about implementing its agenda, with the Queen’s Speech delivered and first Budget of this parliament scheduled for early July. The agenda feels a familiar one. The Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill will see further freezing of benefit levels and a reduction in the level of the benefit cap. The Budget will include at least the first tranche of the promised £12 billion of social security cuts. The new HBAI figures, to be released just after Poverty goes to press, are set to show the first major uptick in child poverty since the commencement in earnest of the last round of benefit cuts.