Responding to today’s Spending Review, Sara Ogilvie, policy director at Child Poverty Action Group said the lower universal credit taper rate is “good news”, but added:
"The long-overdue decision to lower the UC taper rate will help lots of low earners. But there was nothing for those who cannot work – carers, those with young children and people who are sick or disabled - who face the same cost pressures as other households and will still have a black hole in their finances after the universal credit cut.
"The money for early years and family support hubs is welcome but we hope the Government will build on today’s announcements with further support for the sector until every family that needs it has high quality childcare.
"Chancellor acknowledged every child’s right to succeed - but we have record child poverty levels in the UK and this budget left too much still to do. Enabling every child to thrive will require restoring the value of children’s benefits, expanding eligibility for free school meals and removing the punitive two-child limit."