Responding today to Stephen Crabb’s statement on personal independence payments, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:
“Stephen Crabb is to be congratulated for halting the PIP cuts and saying that there will be no more social security cuts this Parliament.
“These past few days have exposed the huge gap between lofty rhetoric on poverty and the cold reality that vulnerable families – disabled, low paid, those with children - have repeatedly faced cuts in much-needed help while the better off are the overwhelming beneficiaries of hugely expensive cuts to the personal tax allowance, which is being mis-sold as a pro-poor policy. This has been the case since 2010.
“Ministers must now consult on the next steps for welfare reform to ensure that the lowest income households do not continue to subsidise gains for better off groups.
“Originally Universal Credit had big poverty-fighting potential but again and again the Treasury went after it, degrading its capacity to help low earners. The most recent Summer Budget cuts to work allowances - the amount people can earn before their Universal Credit starts to be withdrawn - will make it harder for low income families to get better off by earning more, hitting the incomes of working families in much the same way as the now abandoned plans to cut the thresholds for tax credits. Very soon, a rethink of Universal Credit cuts must be a priority.”
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