Poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of UK children paediatricians are warning. Our survey with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) found almost half of paediatricians who reponded say the problem is getting worse.
Limiting universal credit payments to two children per family will push another 200,000 more children under the official poverty line once universal credit fully bites. The biggest group affected will be working families with three kids
The Government's annual statistics show child poverty has risen by 100,00 to 4 million, a level we haven't seen since 2007- 08. The number of poor children in working families is up (to 67%) and approaching half (47%) of lone parents' children are poor.
CPAG has launched a new universal credit email advice service for advisers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The service is designed to supplement our Handbooks, telephone advice service and online information provided on our website through Ask CPAG.
Our new briefing examines cuts to universal credit ahead of next week's budget and was covered in today's Guardian. It finds that cuts to universal credit are poverty-producing to the tune of around one million children, and that families with children have been hit harder than any other group.