Spring statement: Chancellor fails the children who needed him the most

Published on: 
23 March 2022

Benefits must be brought in line with inflation

Responding to the Spring Statement, policy director of Child Poverty Action Group Sara Ogilvie said:

Today the chancellor could have helped millions of families cope with spiralling costs – but instead he failed the children who needed him the most. The measures he announced don’t come close to bridging the gap between what the lowest income families have and what they need, and will leave many stranded in the face of the highest prices in a generation.

The Chancellor should have increased benefits to match inflation – the most efficient way to help hard-pressed households. But on current plans he will impose a real terms cut of £663 on families on universal credit at the worst possible time. That will leave millions without enough to live on.

Government needs to do more to show it understands the reality of life for parents and children across the UK. Anything less than urgent action on benefits and we’ll have more parents in debt, more hunger, more children without essentials. But for today, the government looks increasingly remote from real life families.

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